Traumatic brain injuries in the workplace are more common than some may think. Whether you work in the construction industry or at an office building, you may be at risk of receiving a brain injury. In fact, approximately 155 people die every year as a result of brain injuries in the U.S. every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A surprising number of injuries and deaths occur at job sites throughout the country. It is critical that you are able to identify the signs of brain injuries and know how to protect yourself from a workplace accident.
The signs of brain injuries may differ depending on the area of the brain affected, as well as the severity of the injury. These signs could include the following:
- Persistent headaches
- Tingling in the extremities
- Muscle weakness and spasms
- Nausea and vomiting
- Confusion, dizziness and loss of memory
- Sensory deficiencies, such as hearing and vision
More severe injuries may include loss of consciousness, trouble swallowing and slurred speech.
Although all employers are responsible for providing safety training and equipment to all employees, you must take precautions to ensure you stay safe.
Traumatic injuries may occur when a sudden jolt to the head causes the brain to bounce within the skull cavity. This could happen during a slip-and fall accident, falling from a height or getting hit by a falling object. Cleaning up all spills and clutter will help to minimize the chances of something tripping and hitting their head. Furthermore, employees on construction sites should be sure to wear helmets at all times.