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What is the rate of head injuries in construction?

On Behalf of | Dec 27, 2021 | Workers' Compensation

Construction site workers often suffer from a higher rate of on-the-job injury than almost any other industry worker. In particular, head injuries happen at a much higher rate. But what is the exact relationship between head injuries and construction workers?

Simply put, slips, trips and falls account for one of the biggest causes of traumatic brain injury and head injury. Naturally, working at the heights construction workers do will put a person at greater risk for falling and thus injury to the head.

Head injuries after a fall

Mayo Clinic discusses all nitty-gritty details related to head injuries. First, even with a helmet and other related safety gear, it is possible to suffer from a head injury. After all, it is still possible for your head and neck to jerk, causing the brain to hit the inside of the skull.

When looking for signs of a brain injury after a fall, you will notice some effects almost immediately. This includes convulsions, unconsciousness, nausea and vomiting, trouble with balance and mobility, blurred or distorted vision, and tinnitus, i.e. a ringing sound in the ears.

Potential permanent damage

Depending on the area of injury and its level of severity, TBIs and head injuries can also result in permanent damage. This can include hearing or visual impairments, speech impairments, struggles with cognition, trouble with mobility, and a lack of control over one’s emotions and emotional well-being.

Thus, any time you take a blow to the head, you should immediately seek medical attention. This is the best way to ensure that brain trauma does not worsen or cause even more problems.