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What’s the best way to avoid an on-the-job head injury?

If you work in a fast-paced industry, such as construction, you know that head injuries can and do happen from time to time. Your goal is to ensure that you are never a victim.

There are many ways to avoid an on-the-job head injury, starting with wearing the appropriate helmet. While the use of a helmet does not guarantee your safety, it can go a long way in preventing injury.

A helmet is important, but even more so you need to avoid an accident in the first place. Here are some of the many ways of doing so:

  • Don't use walkways under areas where something heavy could drop to the ground
  • Always let others know when someone is working at height
  • Create exclusion areas to ensure that people don't walk in areas where heavy lifts are taking place

Even if your workplace appears completely safe, it only takes one mistake for a head injury to occur. An example of this is somebody dropping shingles off a roof to the ground below.

If you suffer a blow to your head on the job, you should stop what you are doing and receive immediate medical attention. This is the only way to know exactly what type of injury you have suffered and how to best treat it.

If your medical team suggests that you don't return to work right away, you will want to learn more about the workers' compensation system. You may be able to receive money until you are cleared to return to work in some capacity.

Source: Health and Safety International, "Protect Your Head," accessed Sep. 07, 2017

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