Close Call: The importance of eye protection

Safety Alert Type: 
Residential property, Parksville, Vancouver Island
Company Name: 
Baseline Archaeological Services Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A worker was standing and monitoring a shallow machine excavation, which involved removing a small concrete structure.

While watching the digging, a small piece of debris flew through the air and into the worker’s eye.

The worker rinsed his eye with water and returned to work. No lost time, or first aid kit or attendant was required.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Ensure your PPE is appropriate for the task at hand. For example, plastic safety glasses opposed to a mesh face shield. This will stop all small airborne particles and dust from entering your eye
  • Only stand as close to a working machine as necessary for the task.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Baseline Safety Representative, Stephanie Allester at (250) 897-3853 or email sallester@shaw.ca 

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