Piece of Debris Causes Eye Injury
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Two workers were installing ¼ inch tubing along side of an eight inch line on the exterior of a building when one of the workers felt a piece of debris enter into his right eye. On this particular day, there was a moderate wind blowing (15 mph), as well as dust on surrounding piping.
After feeling something enter into his eye, the worker immediately reported the incident to his supervisor and was taken to the on-site nurse. The nurse flushed his eye repeatedly to remove any remaining pieces of debris. After having his eye flushed by the nurse, the worker indicated that he no longer felt any irritation. Later in the evening while at home, the worker notified his supervisor that the irritation had returned and he was subsequently taken off-site the following morning to the Center for Occupational Health, where he was diagnosed with a corneal abrasion. The worker was wearing his safety glasses and hard-hat at the time of the incident.