Construction site brain injuries: What you should know

Construction site brain injuries are some of the common worksite injuries in the industry. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reported that in 2016, the construction industry had the most nonfatal and fatal traumatic brain injuries when compared to all U.S. industries that year. Traumatic brain injuries can occur from falls, vehicle accidents and falling objects. The number one cause of TBI in the construction industry is falls from scaffolds, ladders, high beams and roofs. Educating yourself on these types of brain injuries may help to minimize your risk at obtaining a TBI. 

A sharp blow to the head or a sudden jolt can cause the soft tissue of the brain to hit into the skull bone. This impact can cause brain swelling and inflammation, bleeding and bruising. Depending on the area of the brain that is damaged and the severity of the damage, you may experience a wide-range of symptoms. Mild to moderate brain injuries may present the following signs:

  • Persistent headache that increases in intensity

  • Nausea and vomiting 

  • Tingling in the extremities 

  • Muscle weakness

  • Fatigue and dizziness

  • Confusion, memory loss and trouble making decisions or concentrating

More severe brain injuries can show symptoms, such as a change in personality, depression and mood swings. You could have trouble speaking, hearing, seeing, understanding language or have other sensory deficiencies. 

Whether you received a slight bump on the head or were knocked unconscious from a falling object, you should always seek medical attention from a professional. Even mild brain injuries can have long-term effects if not treated properly. 

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.

 

 

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