2009-01-21 Eye Injury Hazards

Safety Alert Type: 
Workers
Location: 
Vancouver Island
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2009-01-21
Company Name: 
TimberWest
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Two TimberWest employees and a contractor were walking through streamside areas on January 13th, 2009. While walking through some salmonberry/willow underbrush, a twig struck and made a minor scratch to the employee’s eye. Fortunately, the employee fully recovered a few days later.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Always be aware that there is a potential for injury to your eyes when walking in the woods or near active operations. One way to minimize this hazard is through personal protective equipment (PPE) such as goggles, safety glasses, sun glasses, prescription glasses, or screens on hardhats. Consider eye hazards at all worksites and be prepared with handy access to the right PPE. It is recommended that:

1. For field employees who already have eye protection equipment such as safety glasses,

a. ensure good carrying cases are also available so that it can be conveniently carried with you when there is a reasonable chance that you may encounter a significant eye hazard in the field. You can then wear them as needed during the day.

2. For field employees who don’t currently have eye protection equipment such as safety glasses,
 

a. review if such PPE should be readily available to you, and if so, acquire the appropriate type for you and also get an appropriate carrying case.

b. This will allow you to conveniently carry the eye protection with you when there is a reasonable chance that you may encounter a significant eye hazard in the field. You can then wear them as needed during the day.

 

For more information on this submitted alert: 

 

Domenico Iannidinardo

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2009-01-21 Eye Injury Hazards.pdf
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