You always knew that a career in construction could be dangerous. What you may not have known is that it is by far the most likely career for workers to suffer a traumatic brain injury on the job.
According to researchers at the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto, individuals in the construction industry were five times more likely to suffer work-related traumatic brain injuries (WrTBIs) than any other industry.
The study followed 435 participants, all of whom had sustained a WrTBI. Over 19% of all injuries were sustained by someone working in the field of construction, most of which could have been easily prevented.
Not only were these workers more likely to experience a greater degree of injury, but compared to other groups, those injured in construction work:
- Were more likely to be male
- Were likely to experience multiple traumas rather than the single head injury
- Were most likely to have been employed for a short period of time in the construction industry
- Were most commonly injured as a result of elevated work (such as a fall from a great height)
- Were the most likely to be killed as a result of a WrTBI than any other worker, especially if the victim was over the age of 65
- Included skilled workers and general laborers, suggesting that these injuries occur regardless of specialtiy
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