March 02, 2011
Among the broad occupational groups, five categories—production; installation, maintenance, and repair; construction and extraction; service; and transportation and material moving occupations—accounted for 87 percent of eye injuries involving days away from work in 2008.
Workers in these occupational groups tend to experience injuries from flying objects, chemicals, harmful radiation, or a combination of these or other hazards.
Injuries to the eyes accounted for 37 percent of all head injuries involving days away from work in 2008 and 62 percent of all face injuries involving days away from work.
Men experienced far more eye injuries than women, and men age 25 to 44 suffered more eye injuries than men in other age groups.
These data are from the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. To learn more, see "Workplace injuries involving the eyes, 2008," in the February 2011 issue of Compensation and Working Conditions Online.