4/27/2011 12:00 AM

How to Prevent Eye Injuries on the Job


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?


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