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Brain injuries common for construction workers in Maryland

Published on Apr 8, 2016 at 5:31 pm in General Blogs.

In a study published in the March issue of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, researchers state that traumatic brain injuries are more common for construction workers than for people in any other U.S occupation. Researchers came to their conclusions based on data recently made available by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

According to the data, between 2003 to 2010, more than 2,200 construction workers died as a result of traumatic brain injuries, which represented more than 25 percent of all construction fatalities during this time frame. Workers who were at least 65 years of age were found to be four times as likely to suffer a fatal injury compared to those between the ages of 25 and 34.

It also appears that larger organizations have better safety procedures and systems in place. Construction workers employed by businesses with fewer than 20 employees were nearly three times as likely to die from a traumatic brain injury than those who worked at a company with more than 100 employees.

Workplace injuries can occur in just about any setting, and while the rate of injuries on construction sites is high, many other occupations are dangerous as well. But injuries don’t necessarily have to be caused by an accident, as office workers and many other employees get carpal tunnel syndrome on the job, for ecample. Most Maryland employers are required to have workers’ compensation coverage for their employees, and people who are injured on the job may want to have legal assistance when preparing their claim for benefits thereunder.

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