The Eyes Have It

Beall Brewery Insurance reports that, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, each day about 2,000 US workers sustain work-related eye injuries requiring medical treatment. Eye injury has resulted in more than $300 million in lost time, medical expenses, and workers compensation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

But there is definitely a silver lining to this cloud: eye doctors and safety experts believe that the proper eye protection could have decreased the severity of or altogether prevented 90 percent of these injuries.

Craft brewery staff often works in situations which pose a risk to their eyes. For instance:

  • Objects may fly out from the bottling machine
  • Liquid chemicals used for cleaning equipment can splash into the eyes
  • Small particles can become suspended in the air while using power tools

Additionally, monitoring moving machinery and control panels, as well as using the computer, can cause vision fatigue—a challenge that can be made even greater if lighting is poor in the brewery.

The good news is that it’s actually quite simple to prevent brewery hazards from causing eye injury.

  • Be sure workers understand and follow established safety procedures, and wear the appropriate PPE when necessary.
  • Workers must wear the appropriate personal protective equipment to ensure the eyes are protected from projectiles or chemicals. PPE may include goggles and face shields, or in some situations, welding helmets.
  • Follow the 20-20-20 rule to reduce vision fatigue. At least every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away.
  • Establish a schedule for inspecting PPE to ensure that it does not need to be repaired or replaced to provide the proper protection.

For more than 25 years, Beall Financial and Insurance Services, Inc., has been helping corporations and individuals protect their most important assets. The agency’s client base covers a spectrum of niche businesses, such as craft breweries, that require specialized insurance packages and knowledge. With California offices in Redlands and Newport Beach, Beall Financial and Insurance Services serves clients nationwide.

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