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Construction workers may suffer traumatic brain injuries

Accidents on construction sites can lead to traumatic brain injuries, also known as TBI, which can impact an injured construction worker for the rest of their life. TBIs can range from mild to severe, and the most common type is a concussion. While hardhats are important safety equipment for construction workers, they do not always prevent accidents that result in TBI. In addition, inferior or damaged hardhats may not provide adequate protection for workers.

It is well known and commonly understood that the construction industry presents some of the most dangerous work environments for workers. A study of TBIs in the workplace revealed that the construction industry experiences the highest number of TBIs on the job. Additional data analysis reported that the construction, transportation, and agriculture industries, along with the forestry and fishing industries, together account for the total number of TBI fatalities in the workplace. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration, also known as OSHA, notes that the construction industry carries the worst risk of TBIs. OSHA also reports that fatalities in the construction industry are higher than the national average.

Further placing workers in the construction industry at risk, falls have become the leading cause of TBIs. The Brain Injury Institute reports that 20 percent of workplace-related TBI injuries occur following a fall that took place on an uneven or wet surface, or a surface that had an object that was out of place, which are all circumstances that may be commonly present on a construction site. Workers who have suffered a brain injury may face expensive and lenghty recovery options and periods. Because of the impact being injured at work can have on an individual physically, financially and emotionally, different options may be available to workers who have suffered an injury in the workplace.

Source: Brain Injury Society, "Despite Hardhats, Traumatic Brain Injuries Still Common on Construction Sites," Dec. 9, 2014

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