Let’s start with a multiple- choice question . . .

Where do the largest number of non-fatal personal injuries occur in the United States?

  • In motor vehicles
  • At work
  • In the home
  • Outdoors while walking as a pedestrian, engaged in athletics, etc.

The answer to that question could come as a surprise to you. According to data compiled by the National Safety Council, by far the largest number of non-fatal personal injuries occur at work.

And here are some statistics about workplace accidents from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • 9 million nonfatal occupational injuries happened to Americans at work in calendar year 2015.
  • The most common cause of nonfatal injuries was exertion.
  • Other common causes of injury were trips and falls on one building level, falls from one level to another, collisions with warehouse vehicles and other moving equipment, and injuries from using tools and equipment.

What Causes Injuries Like those to Happen?
There is some truth to the old belief that sometimes accidents are not preventable, they just happen. But more often than not, injuries have identifiable causes, like these:

  1. General carelessness
  2. Carelessness when using power equipment
  3. Failure to use required safety apparel like helmets or protective clothing
  4. Failure to follow required procedures when using equipment
  5. Overreaching and losing balance while on a ladder
  6. Experiencing pain or lack of control after performing repetitive motions for too long
  7. Reckless or careless operation of indoor machines like forklifts or outdoor vehicles like trucks
  8. Fatigue or exhaustion
  9. Failure to see approaching vehicles or moving equipment because of insufficient light, excessive glare from sunlight, or other causes
  10. Visually misjudging distances, alignments of materials to be loaded, and other factors
  11. Vehicular accidents caused by driver fatigue, bad lighting conditions, and sun and/or roadway glare

Which of Those Problems Can Be Corrected by Vision Care?
Note that of the causes of accidents above, numbers 8 through 11 can be traced to vision problems. For example, fatigue often results when employees are not wearing vision-correcting eyeglasses or contact lenses. And problems 9 through 11 are not only linked to vision problems, they directly attributable to them.

So the message is that your workplace will become safer, and your worker will experience fewer accidents, when their vision has been tested and corrected with appropriate contact lenses or eyeglasses. A further lesson? Investing in a company-wide program of vision testing can repay you with a safer workplace, greater employee well being and reduced insurance costs.

What Is the Solution?

Add regular, high-quality vision care to your company’s employee wellness program. Find out how easy it is to run a vision screening in your office by downloading the free white paper, The Benefits of Corporate On-site Vision Exams.

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