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Eye safety at construction sites

Eye injuries are some of the most common at construction sites. Flying debris, chemicals, dust particles and high heat can all cause damage to eyes.

It is important for construction workers to protect their eyes from the elements and dangers at a work site. Let's explore some of the common dangers at a works site and ways to keep yourself safe.

The CDC offers an overview of eye safety. What you should look out for and the type of safety equipment you need depends on the work you do. Some of the common eye injuries include:

  • Work that produces particles or debris such as hammering, sanding, masonry work and many other types of construction.
  • Flying debris from work performed by you or a coworker.
  • Chemical burns from splashing your eyes.
  • Welding or other high-heat operations that expose your eye to UV radiation and high heat.

These are just a few of the potential hazards at a work site. It is important to be aware of your surroundings and know exactly what may be dangerous given your specific job. Being aware, however, isn't the only important safety measure. It is also important to have the right equipment, including:

  • Eye and face protection, including side protection when necessary.
  • Machine guards and other proper safety measures on your equipment.
  • An eyewash station readily available when working with chemicals.

Your eyes are one of your most susceptible body parts at a work site. All it takes is one freak accident to upend your livelihood. Following the proper safety protocol will help you avoid injury.

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