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Alec Caldwell talks safety glasses

Why gamble? More than 700,000 Canadians suffer eye injuries every year. Always wear CSA-certified eye protection while working.

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March 2, 2016 by Alec Caldwell

Imagine glassesMost of us take our sight for granted. But in construction, nothing (short of working at heights without fall protection equipment) is a worse hazard to our wellbeing than going without safety eye wear.

Almost all power tools are liable to fire out projectiles that can penetrate our eyes. Dangerous chemicals are everywhere. It’s all part of the job, right? But although we all know that safety goggles are important, too many of us have not bothered with them for years – so why bother now?

Mark from Peterborough, Ontario can definitely tell you not to gamble with your sight. He was an avid cyclist, but can’t see enough to do that any more. He is heading toward complete blindness. So his biking buddies recently volunteered to do something special for him. They included him on a road (bike) climb in the French Alps. Each of his buddies took turns peddling with Mark on a tandem bike. This way he has stored up the memories of his final bike ride, after the darkness descends into his life.

Then there’s Randy, who lost all his sight in a car accident in a fraction of  a second. Then he lost his home. He used to do a lot of outdoor walking and he still tries, but he gets easily lost. He has tried to maintain his independence, but it’s really hard. “I have tried to imagine how I could stay as strong as him, if I suddenly lost my sight,” his sister says. “I’m not so sure I could do it.”

It’s estimated that more than 720,000 Canadians experience an eye injury requiring medical attention each year. Eye injuries can cause vision loss or even blindness and are one of the most frequently treated accidents in hospital emergency rooms.

Why gamble? Always wear (CSA approved) safety glasses while working.

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Alec Caldwell

Alec Caldwell

Alec Caldwell is the Founder of CARAHS, a Health & Safety Organization. We are approved providers by the Ministry of Labour (Ontario) to teach Working at Heights Training (Pro#34609) Visit the Ministry of Labour's web site to view our listing
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2 Comments » for Alec Caldwell talks safety glasses
  1. Brian Baker says:

    Check out Tony Crow and his real life story here,–oI

    • Steve Payne says:

      Brian thanks for posting Mr. Crow’s very moving testimonial. Should have 50 million views, not 50,000. Get it out there everyone.