If you work in the construction industry you are well aware of the fact that you could be part of an accident at any time. You are also aware of the fact that an accident could cause a serious injury, such as one to your head, back or neck.
There are many steps employers and workers can take to help prevent head injuries on construction sites. There is never any guarantee, but it's important that everyone does their part in promoting workplace safety.
Here are some of the top tips for preventing head injuries in the construction industry:
- Provide proper training to employees to ensure that they are familiar with common safety hazards and what they can do to avoid them
- Use signs to state the risk of injury and make it known to workers that they need to be careful at all times
- Wear the appropriate safety equipment, such as a hard hat
- Follow all safety procedures (and avoid shortcuts)
- Maintain a safety program that ensures proper training, both to new employees and those who have been with the company
- Review safety guidelines regularly, making sure they are current and cover all possible situations that could lead to an injury
As a worker, you hope that you never suffer a head injury on the job. However, you know that this could happen at some point, such as if an object falls from above and strikes you with great force.
If this happens for any reason, you should stay where you are and wait for help to arrive. You don't want to "tough it out," as doing so could make your situation worse.
Once you receive treatment and understand the extent of your head injury, you can then turn your attention to your future. If you are unable to return to work, don't hesitate to learn more about the workers' compensation system. You may be able to receive compensation until you are able to return to work.
If you receive a workers' compensation denial, don't stop there. You can file an appeal in an attempt to collect the money you deserve.