Larry Trapani 4/27/2011 12:00 AM How to Prevent Eye Injuries on the Job FORESIGHT PRESERVES EYESIGHT There are all kinds of eye hazards in construction work – and there's excellent protection for every eye hazard you'll find on a project. Just remember: there's every kind of eye protective device readily available – but you're using your one and only pair of eyes right now. Here are some of the more common operations where eye protection is an absolute must: Chipping, sledging and hammering on metal, stone or concrete. Using manual, pneumatic and power impact tools. Caulking, brushing and grinding. Drilling, scaling and scraping. Soldering and casting hot metals. Handling hot tar, oils, liquids, and molten substances. Handling acids, caustics, and creosoted materials. Gas welding, cutting and brazing. Electric arc welding and cutting; also, any operations that may expose the eyes to dust, gases, fumes or liquids. Drilling overhead. Working where there's dust blowing around. Eye protection can be comfortable when you get a good fit. True, goggles can fog up, but you can wear a sweat-band if you sweat a lot – and there are anti-fog liquids, too. Maybe there's some inconvenience involved in using eye protection – but what's that compared with the "inconvenience" of having to learn how to read Braille?