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Construction workers and brain injuries

According to a study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, construction workers incur more traumatic brain injuries on the job than any other type of worker in the U.S. As a result, construction worker safety interventions are being pushed in New York and nationwide.

The study, which was published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine in March, found that more than 2,200 construction workers died from TBIs between 2003 and 2010. The deaths accounted for approximately 25 percent of all construction fatalities during that time period. Further, researchers discovered that more than 50 percent of all TBI-related deaths were caused by workplace falls, especially falls from ladders, scaffolds and roofs.

Workers who were employed by smaller construction companies were more than 2.5 times as likely to die from a TBI than workers from large companies, and workers 65 or older were almost four times as likely to die from a TBI than workers between the ages of 25 and 34. A spokesperson for the NIOSH Division of Safety Research said that the study shows that construction continues to be a dangerous industry and more must be done to protect construction workers on job sites.

Workers' compensation benefits are designed to pay for medical expenses and provide a percentage of a worker's salary during the recovery period. If a worker is left with a permanent disability, long-term benefits may also be available. To ensure that all required documentation is provided, it may be prudent to consult with an attorney as a claim is prepared.

Source: Safety and Health, "NIOSH: Construction workers at high risk for traumatic brain injuries," March 29, 2016

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