Avoiding Head Injuries In Construction

Posted By Kelly Hone on 2018-06-21 13:59

Construction and Occupational Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1.7 million people sustain a brain injury every year in the UK. While many who experience a brain injury recover quickly and resume their normal lives, at least 125,000 are permanently disabled.

One of the most dangerous work environments is the construction job site, and according to OSHA, it’s this industry that has the highest risk and number of traumatic brain injuries.

Hard hats do provide the most protection from traumatic brain injuries, they can’t altogether prevent them.

 

1.  Always display warning signs in areas where employees have the highest risk of sustaining a head injury. The sign should clearly state the risk of injury and that the appropriate safety attire is required before entering the job site.
2-  Hard hats provide the best protection against head injuries, make sure all employees wear hard hats on the job site and have all pertinent equipment to protect themselves.

3- Incidents happen when workers don’t follow proper protocols and/or take shortcuts. It’s important for employees to thoroughly understand job site rules and always follow them.

4- Institute and maintain a quality safety program in the company that educates employees on head injury prevention and safety guidelines.

5- Review the company’s safety guidelines to make sure they are up-to-date and cover all situations employees could face on the job site.

A few easy-to-follow steps can mean the difference between safe employees and serious injuries.

 

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