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The Song Says “My Brown-Eyed Girl,” Not “My Sun-Blind Girl” (A Safety Sean Update)

Good Afternoon All,

Today we have the 2nd part of our summer health issue on the effects of the sun, which describes the damage that occurs to the eyes after overexposure to the sun. This information and more can be found on the Livestrong web site which is

How the Sun Damages Our Eyes

Most people know that the sun may cause skin cancer or dark liver spots that appear on the skin with age and lather on sunscreen while working in the yard or playing on the beach. This benefits your skin and overall health, but learning to protect your eyes from the sun will help keep them healthy as well.

Surface Damage

People who have frequent or excessive exposure to direct sunlight have a greater risk of developing growths on the surface of the eye, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A pinguecula forms on the white of the eye, and these growths have a thick, fibrous appearance. Both types of growths may cause irritation, especially if they grow onto the cornea, the front of the eye. If a pinguecula or pteryguim grows to an extent that it causes pain or changes in vision, an eye surgeon may have to remove the growth.


The natural lens of the eye plays an important role in good vision. As a part of natural aging the lens may turn yellow and harden, a condition known as cataracts. The aging process of the eye speeds up with frequent sun exposure. Doctors can remove cataracts easily with surgery, though slowing down the aging process may reduce the need for cataract surgery.

Macular Degeneration

The retina lines the back of the eye, and is made of light sensitive nerves that relay visual images to the brain. The macula is a spot on the retina with the responsibility for clear central vision. If the macula has damage the central vision turns blurry, a condition called macular degeneration. People who have frequent sun exposure may develop macular degeneration, and according to the Wisconsin Dept of Health Services, exposure to sunlight may accelerate the condition.


Anyone who works or spends a number of hours outside each day should wear sunglasses, preferably with ultraviolet protection in the lenses, recommends the U.S. EPA. Hats that shade the face and eyes will also help prevent sun damage to the eyes. Children can contract damage from the sun, so they should wear hats and gloves as well. This prevents immediate damage, but will also encourage them to protect their eyes as they get older.


Staring directly into the sun can damage the cornea or the retina, possibly causing permanent vision loss. Reflections from the water, snow or other surfaces can also increase the risks of sun damage to the eye. Wear sun glasses and eye protecting hats, even on cloudy days since ultraviolet rays cause damage even when the sun is not out.

SAFETY: The More You Know The Less It Hurts

Until next time,

Safety Sean

Why Men Die First (A Safety Sean Update)

First, my congratulations to Mr. Warren Newberry on winning the Golden Rule Award!  A fitting award for such a great mentor and technician. None of Warren’s trainees would ever end up the subject of one of these attached pictures!

I recently received a forward with the title “Why Men Die First” and a collection of photos that we’ve reproduced here in the blog. These pictures display two of the main reasons why people get hurt on the job.  The first reason, which seems to be a trend, is that they were so worried about getting the job done quickly that they throw all caution to the wind.  The second thing you can see is that most of these people were probably not trained to do the jobs that they were attempting and therefore were just doing what they had to do to get the job done and get paid.  65% of on the job injuries occur within the first 6 months of employment.  That’s often the result of people forging ahead although they were not properly trained on how to use their tools and how to complete the task safely.  Another fact is that close to 70% of all injuries happen at home.  When working at home, people tend to be in their comfort zone as they are on their property and do not have to answer to a boss if they are caught in the act of taking a dangerous short cut. 

Some of these pictures are an exaggeration of what we may see here at Oliver as far as risk taking, but it does bring up a very good question.  While you are working ask yourself, “If someone snapped a picture of me right now would I want the Safety Committee, or my kids,

  to see it?  Is there anything else i can be doing or is there another way of completeing this job that could make it safer for me and those around me?”  Lets all stay focused on our jobs and just as important our safety practices.   

Safety:  It is your Mindset and our Culture.

– “Safety” Sean

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