Have You Been Injured by Flying Debris?
Many industrial workers—including loggers, construction workers,
and shipyard workers—are commonly exposed to flying debris. Flying
debris can cause eye, head, and ear injuries. Small pieces of construction
debris in the form of cement fragments, wood chips and shavings, or pieces
of brick can be dislodged and dispersed into the air at great speed.
Injury from flying debris is common in the logging industry where slivers
of wood may be discharged at high speed from machines such as saws and
wood chippers. Workers who are at risk for eye and head injuries in the
logging industry include buckers, chippers, and fellers. In fact, the
danger from flying debris is found in almost all logging operations. Workers
may also be injured by metal slivers when they are involved in welding
and other metalworking activities.
Common Injuries Caused by Flying Debris
Eye Injuries: The US Bureau of Labor statistics estimates that 2,000 eye injuries occur
every day in the workplace. Of these, 70% are caused by flying debris.
Flying debris particles can include gritty dust, wood shavings, glass
pieces, etc. Foreign objects that enter a worker's eyes can injure
the retina, causing bleeding, swelling, and bruising of eye muscles. Emergency
attention is extremely important to avoid long-term damage.
Ear Injuries: Small pieces of debris like wood chips can enter the ear and get lodged
inside because of the high speeds at which they are discharged, causing
serious ear injuries.
Head Injuries: Workers in the construction, logging, or
mining industries are at increased risk of being struck by larger pieces of flying
debris that can cause head injuries.
Tips for Preventing Flying Debris Injuries
Employers are required to provide appropriate personal protective gear
to protect against injuries caused by flying debris. Protective equipment
includes head protection gear such as hard hats, as well as eye and face
protection. Safety glasses can protect workers who are involved in woodworking,
metalworking and machining, or grinding from accidents.
The American National Standard Institute (ANSI) approves only those safety
glasses that have attached side shields. They include both plastic and
polycarbonate lenses tough enough to meet industrial safety requirements.
Safety goggles offer more protection than safety glasses against injury
from flying debris. Besides protecting from flying debris, safety goggles
also protect eyes from
toxic chemical exposure from splashing liquids.
Talk to an Industrial Accident Attorney from Arnold & Itkin
No matter whether you were personally injured by flying debris or if you
had a loved one that suffered, it is in your best interests to consult with an
industrial injury lawyer from the legal team at Arnold & Itkin LLP as soon as possible. We
have been able to successfully recover billions of dollars on behalf of
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