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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 our clients and have shown that we are prepared to go the distance on behalf of our clients. Should you choose to work with us, you will be able to rest assured knowing that you will have a heavyweight in your corner who is looking out for you. Call today!

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