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What construction workers should know about TBIs

Construction workers in Nevada may have seen a bad head injury on the site firsthand that has brought home just how dangerous their job really is. According to Safety+Health magazine, traumatic brain injury statistics reinforce the personal experience of these workers. Data from a study conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health indicates that, during the eight-year period of the study, one-fourth of all fatal construction injuries involved a TBI.

Recognizing a TBI and seeking medical attention may be a life saver for an injured worker. If unconsciousness, vomiting, seizures or severe headache occur, most people would not hesitate to call 911. However, as the Mayo Clinic explains, sometimes the effects of a blow to the head may be more subtle, or they could be delayed for days, or even weeks. 

A person with a mild, moderate or severe TBI may suffer from fatigue, difficulty sleeping or needing more sleep than is normal. A severe brain injury may make it difficult for a person to wake up. Anyone may suffer from dizziness and balance problems after a head trauma, too, but a severe TBI may result in a more serious loss of coordination and weakness in the extremities. 

Workers may think it is natural for their co-worker to seem confused or dazed after being hit on the head. However, this is actually a symptom of a TBI. The victim may develop memory issues or difficulty concentrating, or suffer from blurry vision, light sensitivity or ringing ears. When any of these problems become obvious, the worker may need to make a visit to his or her physician.

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