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Protect Your Eyes From Injury


On June 14, 2006 a iron worker was grinding on angle iron for installation of an anchorage point.  After finishing grinding, he removed his face shield.  Metal shavings fell from the top of his face shield into his face.  A piece of debris fell behind his safety glasses and lodged into his left eye.

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

  1. Utilize eye wash stations in the immediate area.
  2. Notify your supervisor immediately-this employee thought the debris would not cause a problem and work itself out.  As he rubbed on the material it may cause the problem to worsen.
  3. Seek medical attention immediately.  Do not let an untrained person “poke” at your eye.
  4. Properly identify the hazards you may be exposed to and select the proper ppe.  Goggles may have prevented debris from falling into eye.
  5. Remove loose debris from ppe and clothing before taking ppe off or leaving the area-do so in a safe manner.
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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Disclaimer:  Pictures are used for visual reference only.  These pictures do not necessarily reflect the actual item discussed in this Safety Flash.

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