In many industries, brain injuries seem to top the list of the most common injuries incurred at work. Unfortunately, sustaining them is pretty typical, expected, even.
Brain Injuries at Work
There's more than one kind of workplace accident that can lead to brain injuries. However, falls are easily the main and most common cause. Safety protocols need to be implemented at all times, and good housekeeping needs to be practiced.
Fall protection is a particular safety protocol that really has to be enforced. Wet areas, spills, and the like need to be addressed as soon as possible. Barring that, employees need to be alerted of the hazardous situation at hand.
Objects that are randomly strewn about are also fall hazards, because even tripping on something can be dangerous. A dropped pen, a tool, and even a small box can cause a head injury. In turn, a concussion could occur and, in terms of the worst-case scenario: a traumatic brain injury.
No matter what the circumstances are, work environments can lead to falls. However, it's more likely in some jobs than others. The following industries have a tendency to take the lion’s share of traumatic brain injuries:
- Emergency medical services
Employers need to be able to mitigate risks within their industry. Hazards vary, but the bottom line is the same: safety is key. The last thing any employer should overlook is the ability to keep employees from ending up with brain injuries. Falls aside, many other risks can lead to brain injuries. Equipment mishaps, falling objects, machinery, toxic chemical exposure, and truck accidents are among those risks. There's also a possibility for oxygen deprivation, which usually comes from work in confined spaces.
People that have a work environment that's high-risk for dangerous instances are entitled to protective equipment. Any major hazards can (and should) be reported to their direct supervisor.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
When OSHA regulations are violated, and traumatic brain injuries come as a result, workers’ compensation becomes a right. Moreover, the injured person won't have to worry about employer discrimination if they request for an OSHA inspection. Employers have several responsibilities to their employees under OSHA:
- Daily inspections
- Providing a safe work environment
- Provide safety information to all employees
- Training should be provided
Brain injuries are one of the most common work injuries out there. It's particularly typical in agriculture, emergency medical services, transportation, and more. Under OSHA, employees are entitled to workers’ compensation when traumatic brain injuries happen on the job.
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