Q What type of safety lenses should I wear while at work?
Workers in various industries are prone to hurting their eyes, particularly if they’re not wearing safety glasses. In fact, more than 2,000 eye injuries occur each day in workplaces, 90 percent of which may have been less severe or prevented altogether if the victims were wearing the proper eye protection at the time, experts say.
Whether you work on a construction site or auto body repair shop or work with chemicals or other dangerous materials, you should always wear safety glasses.
Are You Wearing the Proper Lenses?
You can’t just wear any lenses when attempting to protect your eyes. If you wear the incorrect glasses, they may not offer protection and could actually harm your eyes should an accident occur. Before you pick your lenses, make sure you have the right ones. Three types lenses are:
- Glass lenses. Glass lenses offer protection against harsh chemicals and are not easily scratched. Additionally, they can be made into your eyeglass prescription. However, they are often uncomfortable and heavy.
- Plastic lenses. If you’re looking for lightweight lenses that aren’t likely to fog up, plastic lenses could be for you. Plastic lenses are able to protect against welding splatter, but are not as scratch-resistant as glass.
- Polycarbonate lenses. Stronger than glass and plastic, polycarbonate lenses are lightweight, not likely to fog, and can protect eyes against welding splatter. Although they are more impact resistant than plastic and glass, they are not as scratch resistant as glass.
When Your Eyes Aren’t Protected, We Can Protect You
Eye injuries are some of the most expensive and complex cases to treat. If you hurt your eyes on the job because your boss didn’t provide you with the proper safety equipment, you can expect to experience pain, inconvenience, and costly medical bills.
The Morton Law Offices has helped many in the Boise area receive the compensation they needed in order to pay bills related to their accidents. We may be able to do the same for you. Contact us today to learn more.