In the landscaping In the field, there are a number of potential eye hazards, from flying objects to spraying chemicals, which is why wearing the proper protection is crucial.
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 20,000 jobs eye injuries occur every year and often require more than a day’s work to recover. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that eye injuries cost more than $300 million a year in lost production time, medical bills and workers’ compensation.
Eye protection is often overlooked as part of personal protective equipment for workers, and 42% of people surveyed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics said eye protection was the most challenging category of PPE.
Paul Miller, a 33-year-old landscaper, once neglected to wear his safety glasses as he edged a sidewalk and was hit by a one-inch rock in his right eye.
“I thought my eye was gone and started rubbing it,” Miller told the American Academy of Ophthalmology. “I realized he was still there, but my vision started to blur. I looked in the mirror and saw my eye filling with blood.
The rock had compressed Miller’s eye and ruptured the blood vessels in his iris, causing hyphema. This type of injury can lead to vision loss, glaucoma, cataracts or retinal detachment.
Miller’s eye doctor advised her to limit her movements to ensure proper healing, and Miller was unable to work for two weeks.
“He was at risk of injuring his eye or causing it to bleed again, so he had to stay very still,” Dr Rebecca Taylor said. “If his eye bled again, he would have been at huge risk of glaucoma and would most likely have needed surgery in the operating room.”
In order to protect you and your crews from dangerous eye injuries, make sure they have Protective glasses that protect against certain risks in the workplace, are comfortable to wear and fit well.
Eyewear should be durable and provide unrestricted vision and movement. Personal prescription corrective lenses do not count as safety glasses. Eye protection that incorporates the prescription or fits over glasses should be worn.
“If a tool has an ‘on’ switch, the safety glasses should turn on first,” Dr. Taylor said.