Pub. 3 2021 Issue 6


Safety Glasses Save Eyes

This story appears in the
Drive NH Magazine Pub. 3 2021 Issue 6

We have all gotten something in our eyes before, and we all know how irritating and painful it can be. Fortunately, most of the time, it’s either an eyelash or some dirt, but for Randy, it could have been a lot worse.

It was just like any other day. Randy had a routine job of cutting off a bracket from a truck, so he changed out an old cutting wheel and put on a brand new one. After tightening the cutting wheel, he began to cut the bracket. As soon as the cutting wheel touched the bracket, it shattered. It happened so quickly that Randy didn’t even realize what had occurred.

After a few moments, Randy noticed that the cutting wheel hit him square in the safety glasses. He took them off and noticed a gouge taken out of the left lens. “One second, the wheel was there, and then all of a sudden it was gone, and something hit me in the face,” he said.

On the left are Randy’s safety glasses. The white mark is where the cutting wheel struck the glasses. On the right is the broken cutting wheel.

This shows the importance of taking precautions and wearing safety glasses to protect your eyes because if Randy were not wearing his safety glasses, he would have lost his left eye. It is very important to make sure your eyes are protected because we only have one pair of them.

Safety glasses are made and designed to help prevent major eye injuries from happening, but for this to be true, you need to be wearing your safety glasses while working with tools and on or underneath vehicles.
The following are the New Hampshire Automobile Dealers Association statistics about eye injuries and prevention:

  • The third most common injuries are eye injuries.
  • NHADA has spent an average of $20,955.00 on safety glasses per year since 2016.
  • There has been a total of 535 eye-related injury claims since 2016.
  • NHADA has paid a total of $313,409.07 on eye injuries alone since 2016.
  • The amount paid in workers’ compensation per year for eye injuries has started to increase slightly since 2016 ($35,680.55 to a projected $38,426.66), a 7.7% increase.
  • The number of reported eye injuries in 2016 was 88 (7.3 per month), and through October 2021, there have been 73 injuries (7.3 per month).
  • The average amount paid per eye injury has increased by 8.19% since 2016 ($405.46 per claim to $438.66 per claim).

We have created an eye protection policy that has outlined when employees must wear eye protection while performing specific tasks. This policy should be communicated to all employees along with being posted and enforced.

Eye Protection Policy

If anyone needs safety glasses or an eye protection policy, please contact your Loss Prevention Representative by office phone 603-224-2369 or by email which can be found at,