If you’re concerned about eye safety, you have good reason: Eye injuries alone cost the construction industry more than $300 million a year in lost time, medical expenses and workers’ compensation. It’s a crucial part of personal protective equipment (PPE) but stats tell us nearly three out of five injured workers were not wearing proper eye protection, if they had any at all.
“The good news is that approximately 90 percent of these injuries are preventable with proper eye protection,” George Watlington, a Product Manager of Hardgoods at Airgas, says. “OSHA requires employers to make sure that all employees use appropriate eye protection. It’s a necessary and worthwhile investment.”
With so many options, it can be difficult to know which will work best for your particular situation. Watlington offers valuable insights into choosing the right eyewear option for your employees. With proper protection and protocols, you might just save someone’s vision.
Read more about Watlington’s insights on eye protection options here.