Construction workers inherently put their eyes in danger every time they work. Therefore, they need to be aware of potential causes of injuries and take steps to prevent them.
Flying debris, like nails, dust and dirt, is often present at construction sites. This is especially true if site demolition must occur before new construction can begin. Therefore, workers must wear protective goggles whenever they are on the site. The goggles should protect the sides of the eye and the front.
Impact and penetration
Many tools have very sharp points that can easily penetrate the eye. In addition, nails, screws, staples and other things can quickly go into the eye. Therefore, training employees to do their job safely is essential so that no one’s eyes get injured. Furthermore, supervisors should act quickly to end any horseplay at job sites.
Construction workers often use toxic chemicals like acids, fuel, cleaners and gels that can get into workers’ eyes. The fumes can cause damage if workers do not take proper safety precautions. Portable eye wash stations must be on each job site, and workers must know how to use them. In many cases, the number of workers in the area where workers use chemicals should be limited to reduce the risk of construction accidents.
Construction workers may use tools that generate heat, like welding machines. Therefore, workers may need to wear special helmets or face guards with filtered lenses designed to protect their eyes based on their current working conditions.
Construction workers are at a high risk of eye damage, but wearing protective equipment, being careful, and reducing exposure risks can help lower the number of injuries.