Unfortunately, head injuries are quite common in the construction industry. In fact, studies rank construction jobs as some of the most dangerous occupations for suffering traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). While construction jobs pay well and are readily available, the sad truth for most workers is that they pose a significant threat to workers’ wellbeing.
Slips and falls, falling debris, equipment malfunction and structure collapses are some of the most common construction site accidents. Every single one of these accidents has the potential to result in a serious head injury.
Despite the use of head protection gear, construction workers are unusually at risk of the following head injuries:
A concussion occurs when the brain is vigorously shaken against the walls of the skull. As the brain’s soft tissues hit against the skull, blood vessels break and brain tissues suffer bruises. Construction workers can suffer concussions when they are hit on the head by heavy machinery or falling debris as well as the impact of a fall.
Any forceful impact to the head can result in a tear to the brain tissue. This can result in bleeding. If this goes untreated, blood can clot in the tissues, resulting in a medical condition known as edema. The resulting edema can then put pressure on the nerves, damage brain tissues, cut off blood supply to the brain and ultimately result in a stroke.
Penetrating head wounds
Sharp concrete and objects, uncapped rebar and falling debris all can potentially inflict wounds on the head. An explosion or a fall on a sharp or hard object can also inflict wounds to the head.
How can you protect yourself from brain injuries in a construction site?
There are steps workers in a construction site can take to help protect themselves from head injuries. Here are some of the best tips:
- Wear the right protective gear
- Follow safety protocols
- Always beware of your surrounding
- Seek immediate medical care if you are hurt
There are many possible causes of head injury in a construction workplace. If you have suffered a head injury while at work, you may be eligible for compensation for your medical bills and lost wages.