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Injured In A Accident At Work as a result of no safety Glasses / Goggles – can I claim compensation?

By Mark Ainsdale. Last Updated 10th August 2021. Welcome to our guide on claiming compensation after an accident at work with no safety goggles. Whilst you are at work, your employer has a duty of care to keep you safe. Your employer should attempt to minimise or completely remove any risks to your health and safety wherever possible. However, in some workplace situations, this is not possible. Where it is not possible to remove the health and safety risk altogether, your employer should provide you with personal protective equipment or PPE.

This can include safety eye goggles, helmets, boots and face masks, among other things. You may be concerned that if an employee is hurt on the job, there is no worker’s compensation, but if you suffer an injury at work because your employer has not provided suitable PPE, you may be able to claim against them. So for eye injuries in the workplace due to a lack of proper safety, we can help. Please speak to our personal injury lawyers for more information.

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A guide to safety goggles injury claims

If you have suffered an eye injury injured at work, you may be unsure whether or not you are entitled to claim and how to handle a workplace injury. This guide will help you understand your employee rights under workers compensation legislation and what happens if an employer is not complying with work restrictions. You may also be interested to know how much can I get for an eye injury? Details on the average settlement for eye injuries can be found in this guide. Although eye injury claim calculators can be useful in giving you a rough estimate of what you could claim, the best way to find out how to claim in your unique case is to seek out expert advice. Legal Expert are here to help you every step of the way with your eye injury at work claim.

What constitutes a no safety goggles accident claim?

Anybody taking part in activities close to a hazardous area should take all steps to minimise the level of risk open to them. If the risks cannot be minimised, the next step is to ensure that anybody who comes into contact with a high-risk area wears personal protective equipment or PPE as laid out in the Personal Protective Equipment at work regulations 1992. Safety goggles are included in the umbrella term of PPE. It is very important that PPE is worn where risk is present without exemption, even if only for a few minutes, as serious damage can occur whilst protective equipment is not being worn, as illustrated by the many health and safety statistics recorded in the area of eye injuries.

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A safety goggles compensation claim can be made where safety goggles we not made available in a hazardous area under the law, and an eye injury occurred. For example, an injured employee who was not provided with PPE could claim compensation for loss of sight in one eye.

Provision of eye protection

Not only should employers provide protective eyewear where there are risks to health and safety, but the users should also be fully informed as to why the eyewear is required. They should be made aware of the risks. The person responsible should ensure that the user is wearing the equipment properly, and the employer is responsible for maintaining it or repairing it when necessary. The user should be made aware of the PPE limitations, and other methods of reducing risk should also be discussed.

It is not sufficient to hand out an item of PPE. Further information as to how it should be used correctly is essential. Responsible employers should also carry out audits to ensure that all people at risk are using the equipment properly and at all times. If an employer discovers that safety goggles are not being used, they should investigate to find out why not. It may simply be that the user has forgotten. Still, if the employer finds out that the PPE is uncomfortable or the user is struggling to see through eyewear properly, they should carry out a review and seek an alternative model of safety goggles that can be used more comfortably and effectively.

Statistics on lack of safety goggles accidents

In an attempt to identify where the most accidents occur due to lack of PPE, research was conducted, and a data set was built. This recorded all the accidents that happened when PPE should have been used. In total, 24,182 accidents were reported to RIDDOR between 1996 and 2003. The data from these accidents was compiled and entered into the RIDDOR PPE data tool. The study’s conclusion is now used to identify key risks that can be targeted in the future to reduce the incidence of accidents. The baseline also enables researchers to identify future developments and whether targeted improvements are actually making a positive impact.

There are a huge number of accidents relating to PPE reported each year. On average, around 9000 are reported. The highest number of fatalities occurs in the construction industry whilst the manufacturing and service Industries report the most serious injury accidents. Any of these could result in a compensation claim after an accident at work with no safety goggles.

As you can see from this pie chart, 20% or 1 in 5 PPE related injuries are made up of personal injury accidents involving eyes and face.

Does my employer have to provide safety goggles/Glasses?

The legislation governing PPE is very clear about an employers responsibility to provide safety goggles. If employees are exposed to a risk that may impact their health and safety at work, they must be provided with PPE unless the risk can be adequately controlled. If the risk cannot be adequately controlled, the employer must provide safety goggles and offer training on using them properly. The safety goggles they provide need to be readily available and not simply located somewhere in the workplace. An employer must provide this PPE at their own expense. They cannot insist that an employee purchases it themselves.

Does my employer have to pay for safety goggles?

It is the employer’s responsibility to pay for safety goggles. The employer is also responsible for ensuring that employees who require prescription glasses can carry out their work without affecting their vision. This involves allowing them to wear goggles which include a prescription or goggles that fit over regular spectacles. Without a doubt, employers have a responsibility to pay for non-prescription PPE. Still, they may also be liable for providing prescription eyewear inserts and lenses for respirators that cover the whole face, goggles and face shields.

The risks of not wearing PPE

The wearing of personal protective equipment is essential if employees experience exposure to health and safety risks. If employees don’t wear PPE, they could have exposure to the following risks:

  • Injury from the impact of falling debris or objects
  • Injury due to collisions and impacts of vehicles or machinery
  • Air contamination by chemicals and pollutants
  • Lacerations and eye punctures
  • Bodily burns from chemicals
  • Shocks from electrical currents
  • Damage to the ears from excessive noise
  • Injury from excessive vibrations
  • Liquid chemicals splashing in the eyes.

There are some grounds on which employees can refuse to wear the set of PPE. If this is on medical or religious grounds, it is the employer’s responsibility to provide an alternative that meets their requirements. Examples of this include Sikhs who wear turbans and are unable to wear helmets, discomfort due to an allergic reaction to the materials that the PPE uses or badly-fitting equipment that leads to injury.

However, if an employee is refusing to wear PPE on the grounds of stubbornness or ignorance and is choosing to gamble with their own safety, then this is unacceptable, and the employee can be subject to dismissal or disciplinary. Some conditions caused by workplace hazards can take a long time to develop. Risks are not always immediate, and therefore it is important to wear PPE daily to minimise the risks of serious medical conditions developing in the future.

Health and safety eyewear regulations

Employees must provide PPE such as safety goggles within the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992. This regulation dictates that workers must wear at work to protect against any risks to health and safety. It states that it is the employer’s duty to provide suitable PPE except where the risk is under adequate control by other effective means. The legislation also places a responsibility on the employer to maintain the PPE and ensure that it is inefficient working order and good repair.

Eye injury from lack of goggles when working with chemicals – can I claim?

If you do not wear safety goggles when working with chemicals, you are vulnerable to eye injuries. The most common eye injury resulting from chemicals is a chemical burn from either liquid or powder chemicals. Alkali chemicals are particularly dangerous to the delicate eye area. Injuries usually occur when a chemical splashes onto an employees face or an employee rubs their eyes after touching chemicals. If you suffer an eye injury caused by chemicals, then the best thing you can do is to rinse it out as quickly as possible before receiving first aid treatment. Chemical eye injuries can cause anything from redness and irritation right through to permanent blindness.

If you suffer an injury in this way because your employer doesn’t provide you with suitable eye protection or doesn’t train you on the proper way to use the PPE, then you may be eligible to claim compensation for your injury. Please speak to us if you have an accident at work with no safety goggles.

Injury from no goggles when working in a workshop – Would I have a claim?

In a workshop, environment employees are often vulnerable to injury from flying particles or fragments. When there are manual or machinery tools carrying out the woodwork, sawing drilling, chiselling, sanding and grinding, there is a danger of small chips flying into your eyes. Even though these particles are small, they can cause serious injury, including punctures, lacerations and abrasions of the eye. In a workshop environment, we recommend goggles with side shields.

If you’re a victim of an injury in a workshop and your employer doesn’t provide appropriate eye protection for you or train you on the need for eye protection or how to use it properly, you can claim them. If you have any further questions on this or are perhaps wondering how long an employee has to report an injury, please contact our Legal Expert team, who can advise you on this and much more.

Common injuries due to lack of safety goggles/Glasses

Your eyes are a very delicate and vulnerable part of your body, so it is essential to ensure that you protect them. Eye injuries at work can be due to:

  • splashes from liquid chemicals or acids
  • dust
  • harmful vapours and chemical gases
  • projectiles
  • molten metal

All of the above can cause immediate and serious injury to the eye, resulting in blindness.

What different safety goggles compensation types are there?

To determine how much you can claim for an eye injury, Legal Expert will help you determine how many different types of compensation you may be entitled to. Your eye injury compensation value will depend on several elements:

  • General damages – as part of the overall eye injury compensation calculator, we will help you determine how much you could receive in general damages. This covers the pain and suffering as part of your injury.
  • Care claim -following your injury, you may require the care of another person. That person may be able to make their own compensation claim for care costs.
  • Loss of earnings – following your injury, you may be unable to work. Loss of earnings compensation covers any salary that you miss out on as a result of your injury.
  • Travel Expenses – compensation in the form of travel expenses covers any costs resulting from attending medical appointments, rehabilitation appointments and so on.
  • Medical Expenses – if you’re out of pocket for any medical expenses following your injury, then the compensation of the medical expenses will reimburse you for this.

Claiming against an employer for lack of safety goggles

If you complain about the lack of safety goggles in your injury claim, you may worry about how this will affect your employer or your future relationship with your employer. For example, if you seek an insurance payout for the loss of an eye, this is likely to be a large sum of money. You may worry about how this will impact your employer’s finances. Just remember that your employer has the insurance to cover the claim and so will not be at risk of losing their business.

Protecting employees from injury at work is an employer’s responsibility, and they cannot treat you differently if you claim against them following an accident. Making the case public is likely to positively impact the rest of the workforce as the employer will be taking steps to ensure that the same accident does not happen again.

How much of a payout will I get for no safety goggles injury claims?

Injury TypeTypical Award BracketAny Further Information
Total blindness£204,350
Sight loss with reduced vision in the other eye£48,600 - 136,700
Total loss of one eye£41,675 - 50,000
Loss of sight in one eye £37,450 - 41,675
Serious but incomplete vision loss£18,000 - 30,000
Minor but permanent vision impairment £6925 - 15,950
Minor eye injury £3000 - 6650Includes exposure to fumes, splashed by liquids, pain and temporary visual disturbance

The above table depicts injuries that occur to the eye and the damage s a result. The eye is complex, though. And there are far more different types of eye injury that can occur, leading to various potential injuries. This may prove to be very valuable if you suffer an accident at work with no safety goggles.

No Win No Fee No safety goggles Injury Claims

If you suffer an eye injury and wish to claim, you may worry about the financial burden. If you have small finances, then we have good news. As well as free, no-obligation legal advice, Legal Expert also offer No Win No Fee injury claims. This means that you don’t have to pay a penny up-front. If you are successful in your claim, then our fee will come out of your final payout. If your claim is unsuccessful, then there will be no cost to you, the claimant.

Why call us for guidance on no safety goggles injury claims?

For years of experience from specialists in the field of workplace injury claims, look no further than Legal Expert. Our friendly and approachable team of experts take the burden from you and help you through your claim.

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Call us today to discuss your claim and help us begin your journey to claiming the compensation you are entitled to. Our telephone number for a free, no-obligation chat is 0800 073 8804, or contact us using our online form.

Helpful links

Rights at work following injury

Are you wondering what happens if an employee suffers an injury on the job? This link helps you to understand your rights as an employee if you have an accident at work.

PPE – More information

This useful link helps you to understand what is under the umbrella term of personal protective equipment. It explains your employer’s obligations to provide it, maintain it and replace it when necessary.

Prescription goggles?

This case explores the rules with regards to employees or visitors who require PPE but need prescription eyewear. It may help you to understand the rather complicated rules.

Accident At Work With No Safety Goggles FAQs

What happens if you don’t wear safety goggles?

You are running the risk of suffering serious eye damage if you don’t wear goggles.

Can you wear glasses instead of safety goggles?

No, because regular glasses lack the safety features that goggles provide.

How long do safety goggles last?

Safety goggles can last up to five years before requiring a replacement for safety reasons.

What is the difference between safety glasses and safety goggles?

Safety goggles limit the air around the eye area by sticking close to the face.

What are safety goggles for?

These protect the eyes from any flying or corrosive objects.

How long can you claim for an accident at work?

The maximum period in which to claim after the accident is three years.

What is the order for removing PPE?

The order should be gloves, apron, gown, safety goggles and surgical mask.

Can you lose your job due to injury?

This shouldn’t happen unless your actions cause real harm to a colleague due to gross negligence.

Thank you for reading our guide about claiming compensation after an accident at work with no safety goggles.

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