Employee Received a Corneal Abrasion While Wearing Safety Glasses with Side Shield
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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Newport News, VA

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Topics:  Operations, Work Management/Planning, Welding/Hot Work - Grinding

An employee entered a grinding tech-shop to inspect an eyewash station. At the time of entry, at the other end of the room, another employee was grinding a piece of metal with a handheld grinder. The employee was wearing safety glasses with side shields as was the posted requirements for the area. Shortly after entering the first employee felt a piece of metal hit his cheek, bounce under his safety glasses and into his eye, resulting in a corneal abrasion. Lessons to be Learned: Recognize that area hazards affect everyone in the area versus task hazards that only affect the operator(s). To ensure adequate protection for all workers in an area, review and include, in the work plan, the area's safety requirements along with those of the tools utilized.

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