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Safety Gear Helps But Does Not Prevent All Work-Related Injuries

Posted on Aug 12, 2010

What would you do if you saw someone not following the safety rules? And if a recent survey is correct, you most likely have.

According to a recent study by Kimberly-Clark Professional at the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), 98% of respondents had witnessed an incident where someone should have been wearing safety gear when they were not. And this is part of a larger, more disturbing trend. Surveys show similar numbers in 2008 (89%), 2007 (87%), and 2006 (85%).

Another alarming fact is that 2,000 people suffer from eye injuries on the job every day. Even if you are wearing the proper safety gear, accidents can still happen, as is the case with about 40% of these injuries. Eye injuries range from mild, such as irritation from chemicals, to permanent blindness!

If you are injured on the job, you should immediately report the injury to your employer. Even if it seems mild at the time, it could potentially develop into a larger problem needing medical attention and/or affect your ability to work. If you are unsure on what steps to take, ask an experienced personal injury attorney. Most offer free consultations in workers’ compensation cases. You can call our office and we will be happy to speak with you.

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