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Occupational Safety and Health AdministrationU.S. Department of Labor
Eye injuries are one of the most prevalent hazards in all phases of shipbuilding and repairing. Shipfitters may be exposed to the ultraviolet and radiant energy involved in welding or cutting. Flying particulates, dust, and other debris are generated, not only by the work being done by the shipfitter, but also by other work taking place nearby.
Although most eye injuries do not result in permanent damage, they are almost always painful and there is always a potential for loss of sight in one or both eyes. Fortunately, with selection and use of proper personal protective equipment, most eye injuries can be prevented.
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