We encourage all Georgia companies to use this month to assess what types of policies, procedures and protective gear they have in place to ensure workers’ eye safety.
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) March 17, 2012
Prevent Blindness America has designated March as “Workplace Eye Wellness Month.” It’s an ideal time for companies to review what they are doing to prevent workplace eye injuries, Georgia injury lawyer Scott Monge said today.
“Our firm provides legal help to workers who have suffered job-related eye injuries, so we know how devastating these injuries can be,” said Monge, the founder of The Accident & Disability Attorneys of Monge & Associates, a Georgia personal injury firm.
“We encourage all Georgia companies to use this month to assess what types of policies, procedures and protective gear they have in place to ensure workers’ eye safety,” he said.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 2,000 U.S. workers suffer on-the-job eye injuries each day. A third of those workers are treated in hospital emergency rooms. More than 100 miss a day or more of work.
The CDC says that small particles or objects striking the eye cause the majority of workplace eye injuries. These workplace accidents can result in permanent vision loss. Potentially dangerous objects include metal slivers, dust, wood chips and cement chips.
Eye injuries can also result from large objects hitting the eye. Worker can collide with sharp objects, and they can suffer chemical and thermal burns (such as “welder’s flash”), the CDC says. Janitors, health care workers and animal handlers face the risk of acquiring infectious diseases that harm their vision, according to the CDC.
An eye injury can often lead to costly medical expenses, Monge said. An attorney can help to secure funds that cover those costs. A lawyer can also seek compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering and other available damages, he said.
“Our main focus is on keeping these accidents and injuries from occurring in the first place,” Monge said. “If a company takes a few simple steps, it can make a world of difference.”
Monge suggested that Georgia employers use March to go over a five-step “Eye Safety Checklist” prepared by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The steps are:
1. Create a safe work environment.
2. Evaluate safety hazards.
3. Wear the proper eye and face protection.
4. Use good work practices.
5. Prepare for eye injuries by having eye wash or sterile solution on hand.
“Employers can also make eye exams a part of routine employee physical exams,” Monge said. “Companies need to look after their workers. That includes their eye health and safety.”
About The Accident & Disability Attorneys of Monge & Associates
The Accident & Disability Attorneys of Monge & Associates is a Georgia personal injury firm that represents clients throughout Georgia and the Southeast, including the cities of Atlanta, Savannah, Augusta, Athens, Columbus, Macon, Norcross, Lawrenceville, Warner Robins, Marietta, Douglasville and Smyrna. The firm’s experienced and dedicated Georgia accident and injury lawyers handle personal injury and wrongful death cases in areas that include car accidents, truck accidents, slip and fall, workers’ compensation, DUI accidents, Social Security disability, medical malpractice, motorcycle accidents and pedestrian accidents. To learn more about the firm, call 1-800-HURT-911 or use its convenient online contact form.