Workers in New Jersey can be at risk for eye injuries if they work around chemicals, harmful radiation or flying objects like sawdust. To prevent serious eye injuries, workers should use protective eyewear when necessary. Employers can help to mitigate the harmful effects of toxic substances on the eyes by installing eyewash stations. If a worker’s eye is scratched, artificial tears can be used to keep the eye moist.
Work-related eye injuries can range from mild scratches to serious injuries that can lead to blindness. Workers could sustain a corneal abrasion when a small object flies into their eye or their eye is poked by something. The level of discomfort that a person feels from a corneal abrasion will not indicate how serious the injury is, as even a mild corneal abrasion can cause a lot of discomfort. If a worker’s eye injury becomes more painful even after using artificial tears, the worker should keep the injured eye shut and see a doctor.
A lot of work-related eye injuries happen when workers are splashed in the eye by chemicals. Emergency eyewash stations are very important for preventing serious eye injuries from chemical splash. Employers should also require their workers to wear eye protection when they are working with caustic chemicals.
A serious eye injury could cause a worker to lose their main source of income for a significant period of time. A lawyer may often be of service a worker in pursuing compensation for some of these lost wages by assisting in the preparation and filing of a workers’ compensation claim.