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Piece of Debris causes Eye Injury


Piece of Debris Causes Eye Injury

(This Safety Flash has been distributed and is to be used for reference purposes only.)

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.


Factors to consider at your site and/or project include, but not limited to the following:

  1. Always wear the proper PPE for the job.

  2. Be aware of the surrounding conditions (i.e. wind, dust on piping, etc).

  3. Consider the use of goggles in certain working conditions (i.e. windy, dusty, etc).

Consider this example as you complete today’s work activities.
Safety Flash Action Items:
  • Date Contractor Safety Flash posted for all employees to review: _______________
  • Safety Talk meeting date: _______________
  • Full employee attendance and participation at safety meeting to review this incident (documentation required).
  • Employees understand urgency in protecting themselves and others.
  • Supervisors and Employees are clear which items shared in this Safety Flash are mandatory.
  • Employees/Supervisors will focus on recommended actions during future work activities of a similar nature.
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THINK about the hazards associated with YOUR particular work, and the steps that can be taken to increase safety on YOUR job.


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