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Understanding the dangers and impact of work-caused concussions

On Behalf of | May 2, 2024 | Brain Injury |

A common form of “milder” traumatic brain injury that can be dangerous for workers is concussions.

Workplace concussions pose significant risks to employee health and safety. Understanding these dangers is crucial for employers and employees alike.

Common causes of workplace concussions

Workplace concussions can result from various causes, including falls, being struck by objects or collisions with equipment or machinery. Industries such as construction, manufacturing and healthcare are particularly susceptible due to heavy machinery and equipment concerns that can lead to brain injuries.

Concussion symptoms

Recognizing the symptoms of concussions is vital for prompt treatment. These may include headache, dizziness, confusion, nausea, sensitivity to light or noise and loss of consciousness. Employees should be educated on these symptoms so that they can seek immediate medical attention if they occur.

Long-term effects of concussions

While some concussions resolve with rest and proper treatment, others can lead to long-term consequences. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease, has been linked to repeated head trauma, including concussions. Employers must prioritize preventing concussions to safeguard employee health in the long term.

Preventing concussions in the workplace

Implementing effective prevention strategies is key to reducing the incidence of workplace concussions. This may involve proper training on safety protocols, including appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) use and maintaining a clean and hazard-free work environment. Regular safety inspections and risk assessments can help identify potential hazards before accidents occur.

Workplace concussions pose serious threats to employee health and safety. By understanding the causes, symptoms and long-term effects of concussions, employees can better safeguard their interests in term of prevention, identification, seeking treatment and pursuing benefits owed.