Unreported Eye Injury (KV 180)


What Happened?

Contract employee felt a particle enter her eye while walking into her work area. The employee flushed her eye and returned to work without reporting to the Site Nurse. The next day the employee’s eye was irritated and swollen. The employee reported to the Site Nurse, and was then transported off-site, where medical treatment was required to treat an infection, which was likely caused during her attempt to self-treat.

Contributing Factors

Employee did not follow proper reporting Procedures when the event occurred initially.

What Can We Learn?


There are Procedures for reporting an injury/illness to the employer that should have been followed.

If the employee would have used a Questioning Attitude, and evaluated Likelihood vs Consequence, she may have made a more conservative decision to see the Nurse at the time of the event.


The worker was Overconfident in thinking she could self treat her eye properly, & not go to the Nurse for evaluation.

Possible Peer Pressure to not report the issue.

Ask the Right Questions

How does this relate to our work?

Where do we have similar traps?

What Tools can we use to avoid a similar incident?

Was a stop work point missed?