Your eyes are your most important tools – Protect them!

A carpenter asked his insurance company to pay for damage to his glass eye. It had been broken when a nail he was driving flew up and struck it. When asked how he had lost his own eye in the first place, he replied: “The same way, a nail hit it.”

A world of darkness awaits this man if a nail strikes his remaining good eye. He has yet to appreciate the need for eye protection. You, yourself, may find it difficult to get accustomed to wearing eye protection, but would getting accustomed to wearing a glass eye be any easier?


Eye protection has been used in the construction industry since 1910. And, undoubtedly, many workers have escaped serious eye injury because of it. You may personally know some fortunate individuals who saved their sight this way.


Depending on your job, you may need goggles, an eye shield, a face mask or safety glasses. All it takes on your part is a little effort to select the appropriate type and to wear it. Do you work as a welder? If so, finding comfortable welding gear that can protect you from injury is essential. Welding is one of the most dangerous jobs. The job includes joining metal parts together. There are multiple different techniques for welding, one of which is aluminum welding. This is one of the most harmful methods of welding, due to some of the fumes that might be generated. In order to prevent harm to yourself, it’s vital that welders wear the appropriate equipment to stay safe and also consider reading articles such as How to Ball Tungsten for Aluminum Welding to ensure they’re doing it properly. By taking these precautions, the risk should be lessened. However, welding isn’t the only harmful job. Read on to discover some of the most common construction industry-related risks.


Basically, there are four types of particles that cause eye injuries on the job:

  1. Unidentified Flying Objects: These microscopic objects consist of dust and particles floating around in the air, generated by wind, equipment, or cleaning operations. When working in dusty conditions, wear eye protection. Even a small speck in the eye can lead to trouble.
  2. Particles Resulting From Chipping, Grinding, Sawing, Brushing, Hammering or Using Power Tools: These particles move at an amazing speed and strike with the force of a bullet. Wear eye protection any time over-head operations are performed. This is particularly important when using grinding equipment and any relevant accessories such as a polishing wheel for grinder tools for example. It may be advisable on some jobs to wear safety goggles under a full face shield.
  3. Invisible Hazards: You can’t see the injurious light rays generated by welding operations or laser beams. And their effects often are not felt until hours later. Wear the eye protection required when using such equipment. And if you happen to be working nearby, don’t look in the direction of welding arcs or where a laser beam is being used. You could protect your eyes with laser safety glasses.
  4. Liquids: Hot liquids, such as tar or asphalt, solvents ,paint, and solutions for cleaning masonry or metal, can cause serious eye injury if splashed in your face. The use of proper eye protection, possibly a full face shield, is essential when transferring liquids between containers and when using caustic or acid cleaners.

Eye protection begins with the ability to recognize those times that eye protection is needed, and then, to seriously commit to wear the protection whenever necessary. Anytime you’re working where there is the potential for flying particles eye protection is required. When using a saw, drill, pouring concrete, chipping, blasting or handling chemicals just to name a few. Dirt, dust, rust, rock, bits of concrete, etc. are all potential dangers in construction work.

Should a member of your crew get something in their eye seek proper medical attention right away. The longer it stays in the worse it gets. No one but a professional should attempt to remove a foreign body from the eye. Cover the eye lightly with a clean pad and either wait for medical help to arrive or take the employee to a doctor.


Eye injuries happen in a split second. So put on your eye protection as soon as you get to the jobsite. Don’t blind yourself to the necessity of protecting your sight.

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