If you are working and suffer a head injury, you could go through many months or years of pain and suffering. A serious head injury may impact your ability to work or do your job. You may lose the ability to work completely in some cases.
That’s why it’s important to take steps to avoid head injuries. To do that, you need to know the common causes.
Why do people suffer head injuries at work?
There are three common causes of head injuries on the job. These include:
- Slipping or tripping and falling
- Walking into objects
- Falling from a height
It’s important to take steps to avoid these accidents, so that you don’t get hurt. Even if these accidents do happen, there are some steps you can take to prevent head injuries, such as wearing the correct personal protective equipment or using better communication methods on a job site.
How can you avoid head injuries on the job?
One of the primary methods is to use better personal protective equipment and to use it all the time. Your employer is responsible for providing you with PPE necessary to work your position.
If you are concerned about falling objects or the risk of hitting your head, talk to your employer about wearing a helmet or hardhat appropriate for your position.
Other PPE may help, too, such as special work shoes that have more traction to prevent falls.
Another way to avoid injuries is to make sure you use good communication and have safety training. Always talk to others in your workplace about slick spaces or when you’ll be performing a dangerous task. You should also be sure to complete all safety training before doing anything that may lead to an injury. Your employer can provide you with more information on the safety training needed for your role.
If you do get hurt on the job, remember to report your injury to your employer and to start your workers’ compensation claim. If you’re hurt while working, workers’ compensation should help you cover your medical expenses, lost wages and other losses.