The construction industry comes with its share of occupational hazards. Among the most severe risks faced by construction workers are traumatic brain injuries.
The nature of construction work, involving heavy machinery, heights and dynamic environments, contributes to this alarming trend. Understanding the factors leading to these injuries is important for implementing preventative measures.
Heightened risks on construction sites
Construction workers often operate at elevated heights. This increases the risk of falls. Even with safety measures in place, such as harnesses and guardrails, the potential for TBIs remains significant. The use of heavy equipment and machinery on construction sites also poses a constant risk. Falling objects and moving vehicles can strike workers. The impact of such incidents can result in severe head injuries. This is especially likely if workers fail to use proper safety equipment, such as hard hats.
Tool and equipment-related injuries
Construction workers often handle power tools and machinery. If they fail to exercise ample care when doing so, these tools can cause serious head injuries. Incidents involving saws, drills or other power equipment also contribute to the high prevalence of TBIs in the industry.
Construction sites are also busy environments with various ongoing activities. Falling debris, tools or equipment from elevated work areas can cause head injuries to workers below.
According to Occupational Health & Safety, construction workers face higher fatal and nonfatal TBI risks than employees in any other industry. Through stringent safety measures and proper training, employers and workers can reduce the prevalence of TBIs on construction sites.