Think of the hundreds of times you’ve completed a task at work without eye protection, injury free. Perhaps the application doesn’t seem that hazardous, or maybe the safety glasses you have are uncomfortable, scratched up, or they fog too easily. Plus, you’re good at what you do. You’ve been doing this job for so long that being careful is second nature.
Until that one time when “being careful” wasn’t enough. It wasn’t your fault. In fact, you did everything right. Unfortunately, the tool you were using randomly failed, a coworker didn’t set up the workspace properly, a machine malfunctioned…whatever it was…IT happened.
Accidents happen every day, and usually, in situations you’ve become all-too-comfortable with.
300,000 workplace eye injuries send people to the emergency room each year nationwide. In most cases, safety eyewear is not being worn, it doesn’t fit, or doesn’t provide the appropriate protection for the application.
Of these 300,000 eye injuries, it’s estimated that 90% of them were preventable if the workers had been wearing (appropriate) eye protection.
That’s 270,000 workplace injuries that could be avoided each year.
Consider these other eye-opening injury statistics:
Considering these staggering stats, why aren’t workers wearing their safety eyewear? Here are a few common reasons we’ve heard from customers:
Remember, the best eye protection is the protection that’s worn.
This article was originally published on HexArmor blog, April 25, 2017.