Steel shard in worker’s eye a reminder of need for protective eyewear

Safety Alert Type: 
Bear Lake area (north of Prince George, BC)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Stones Bay Holdings Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A bulldozer operator exited his machine to work on a sweep arm pin on the dozer blade.

He was hitting it with a hammer when two steel shards broke off from the pin. One missed the operator; however, the other shard lodged in his left eye. The bulldozer operator was not wearing protective eyewear.

He called a co-worker for assistance, who then transported him to hospital in Prince George for emergency treatment.

If proper safety eyewear had been worn, it is suspected the eye injury could have been avoided.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Do a proper assessment of which Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is needed prior to performing any work. What are the hazards? What are the risks?

Among other tasks, protective eyewear should also be worn anytime you are:

  • Cutting
  • Welding
  • Hammering
  • Chiselling
  • Spraying
  • In an environment involving airborne debris


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Darren McQueen (250) 996-8912

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