Next to life itself, God’s most precious gift is sight. The eye is one of the most important organs of the body. Any kind of work that requires sight will depend on the eyes. The eye is the light of the body, to be without it, is to be in darkness. In this episode, we would focus on eyes at work on the streets, on the farm and on construction sites.
Eyes on the Street
When you go on the streets, you will see different kinds of people doing different things. A street is usually a rowdy place filled with uncoordinated activities. Some are inside cars, tricycles, or motorcycles. Others are selling, strolling, or standing. One thing is common among all of them; they have eyes and can see. The ones that don’t are possibly being led by someone to beg (in most cases). Eye hazards on the streets are enormous; from excessive exposure to UV light from the sun, flying objects, insects, dust, particles and smoke. Unfortunately, very little is known of these hazards and its consequences. Until you experience flying objects or insects lodged in the eyes you may not know how valuable eye protection on the street could be.
When you are on a bike, you are expected to wear helmets and biking goggles to protect your eyes from flying objects, particles, insects and the wind. If you are a law enforcement agent and your job requires extensive standing out in the sun, getting sunglasses is going to help preserve your vision, extensive exposure to UV light will eventually cause many eye related issues, in the long run, most especially cataracts.
It is important to note for everyone on the street you will need to get some measure of eye protection; wear sun shades or Specific doctor recommended sun and safety glasses.
Eyes on the Farm
Among rural dwellers, eye injuries from farming are very prevalent. In the course of working from one rural community to another, I find a lot of people blind in one eye. When you ask what happened, you hear things like ‘’ I was cutting something on the farm and a stick hit my eye’’. Farm related eye injuries are on the increase, and it is expedient we increase awareness on eye safety measure among farmers. Eye hazards in the farm range from contusion injuries (high impact hit on the eye), sand splash inside the eye, foreign body entering the eyes, trauma and other forms of farm accidents. Although there are no strictly for farming eye protection wears currently available (we hope to develop one soonest), the ones available for other occupations, like bike riders and construction workers can be adapted for use in the farm. These wears can greatly reduce the impact of hazards.
Eyes on the site
Many construction workers, surveyors, field workers and engineers are exposed to eye injuries in the course of their work. Construction sites create a significant risk for eye injuries to anyone present. In a study, it was discovered that more than 10,600 eye injuries force construction workers to miss work each year, and construction has a much higher rate of eye injuries than any other industry. Eye injuries may result from a variety of hazards including small objects flying through the air (such as nails or screws, staples, metal fragments, wood splinters, and cut wire ends), jobs that create dust and grit (like cement mixing, sawing, grinding and chipping), and use of certain chemicals may burn the eyes.
It becomes crucial for regulations to be put in place for employees to wear head, face and eye protections when working on construction sites.
As we bring it to a close, our central message has been on the importance of our eyes to our work. We encourage everyone to be proactive about their eyes regardless of the work they do.
Always remember, the gift of sight is priceless; protect your eyes.
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