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Does my job put me at risk for traumatic brain injury?

| Feb 10, 2020 | Workers’ Compensation |

A traumatic brain injury occurs when head trauma damages brain tissue. The physical and psychological effects can be as simple as dizziness or confusion, as severe as coma or death, and could last for days or a lifetime. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls and object strikes to the head are the two most common causes of traumatic brain injuries. Depending upon your occupation, you could be directly in the line of fire. 

Construction workers 

Falls from cranes, scaffolding and walls are common in construction work, as are head injuries due to falling debris and equipment mishandling. While safety helmets and harnesses might reduce the severity of head trauma, they are not always sufficient enough to prevent it outright. 

First responders 

First responders have training in many types of rescue scenarios that make them susceptible to harm. Firefighters often enter burning buildings that are already on the verge of collapse, and police officers generally have a higher risk for gunshot wounds and battery, both of which could lead to a traumatic brain injury. 

Manufacturing, logistics and warehouse personnel 

Working in environments that use industrial process equipment, heavy machinery or large parcels could put you at risk for severe injuries, including a blow to the head because of falling objects or loss of equipment control. Even a moment of inattention might be enough to cause grave head trauma to yourself or a second employee in your danger zone. 

If your profession falls outside these general categories, make an inventory of your typical work duties. Note the tasks which involve physical activity that may lead to a fall or object strike. You may then use that information to determine your occupational risk for head trauma and potential traumatic brain injury.