As a construction worker, you are probably well aware that your job carries a higher risk of injury than may other jobs have. One of the most serious and potentially life-altering types of injury you could receive is a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
In general, most TBIs are caused when someone falls or is struck by or against an object. If proper precautions are not taken, a construction site can be ripe for these types of accidents.
Falls are the most common cause of TBIs
Falls account for half of all fatal work-related TBIs. Many of these instances involved falling from a position off the ground, such as falling from a roof, ladder or scaffold. It may make sense, then, that those who usually work off the ground are more susceptible to fall-related injuries, like TBIs. Structural iron and steel workers, as well as roofers, are the workers most at risk of receiving a fatal TBI.
Being struck by or against an object also commonly causes TBIs
While on a construction site, a worker may also be at risk of being struck by or against an object with enough force to cause a TBI. This could involve being struck by a tool that fell from above, being hit in the head with construction materials in transport or being hit by a vehicle, among others.
Many workplace TBI injuries can be prevented
Although working in the construction field does involve some safety risks, there are several steps you can take to help avoid being injured. Consider taking the following precautions:
- Wear a properly fitted harness when working from heights
- Wear a hard hat whenever you are on a job site
- Wear sturdy shoes appropriate for the job site
- Follow proper safety procedures
- Avoid horseplay at work
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times on a job site
If an accident occurs and you are injured at work, it is important to properly report the injury to your employer and seek immediate medical treatment. In many cases, injured workers are able to claim workers’ compensation benefits to help cover their expenses during recovery.