There are many ways that you could suffer a head injury when working as a construction worker. Did you know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) haS estimated that 1.7 million people, on average, suffer a brain injury each year? On top of that, around 125,000 end up with permanent disabilities.
The good news is that it’s easy to take precautions against workplace injuries. Here are a few tips that could help prevent head injuries on the job.
1. Look for warning signs
The first thing to remember is to look for warning signs. Signs should say what the risk of injury is and what safety attire you should be wearing in the area.
2. Use tethering
Another good tip is to use tethering to help prevent items from falling when they’re in use. For instance, if you have a hammer that you’re using on a ladder, you’ll want to tether it, so it doesn’t drop and fall. If it falls, there’s a potential that it could strike someone and cause a head injury.
3. Wear your hard hat
Finally, wear your hard hat. Hard hats are the best protection against head injuries, so don’t be afraid to wear it whenever you’re in the workplace.
Our website has more information on the safety steps that companies should take to keep workers safe on the job. If you are hurt, remember that you may be able to seek workers’ compensation for your injuries. This will help cover your medical costs and support you as you focus on your recovery.