A cheap lesson safety goggles
Mark (AKA Bunny despite now being 6 foot two) does manual labor at Hershey Park. It's usually hose crew for which the prescribed safety gear is close-toed shoes. Sneakers qualify. Sandals do not.
Bunny also works Sweet Lights.
This is the huge holiday light display Hershey puts on in the fields north of the park every year. It's several million Christmas lights laced over several hundred metal frames ranging from four feet by four feet or so to mammoth. All the frames have to be held up with guy wires and other support structures. It takes the large crew six to eight weeks minimum to install all the frames and light them up. Electricians are involved as are welders and heavy equipment to move the frames into place.
Sweet Lights is quite a light show extravaganza.
Breakdown is much faster; about two weeks. So there's Mark working away one sunny day a few weeks ago. He came home a bit late and told me that he had had an exciting day at Sweet Lights.
Did one of the huge frameworks nearly land on him as had happened during the fall setup?
No, an errant guy wire came loose and hit him in the left eye.
A Hershey security guard took him to the local MedExpress office. He got seen, got diagnosed, got a prescription for antibiotics, and went back to work. When he finished at work, he got his prescription at the CVS and came home and told me about it.
Where were your safety goggles? In the backpack, mom. They fog up.
Mark was incredibly lucky. He got a big bloody bruise in his sclera and seems to have suffered no other damages. It's healing up nicely. He put antibiotics into his eye regularly just like the doctor ordered.
If the guy wire had gone 1/4 inch deeper, we're talking emergency eye surgery. Deeper than that and it becomes an even bigger problem, leading to blindness or disability. Guy wires penetrating into the brain, you know.
Mark got a very cheap lesson in the need to wear safety goggles instead of leaving them in his backpack.
It's a reminder that the universe does not care and accidents happen. As we all move into a more uncertain future, we need to remember that safety equipment (like hardhats, safety goggles, harnesses, and steel-toed workboots) exist for a reason. They really do keep the wearer safer but only if they're used.
So wear your safety goggles!
And how do you keep your safety goggles from steaming up?