Protection from head injuries at work

| Mar 10, 2017 | Workplace Injuries |

Some Louisiana workers face dangers from objects overhead. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has regulations it enforces that govern workplace safety from objects that are above employees in their workplaces.

In 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 240 workers were killed after being hit by falling equipment or other objects. In 2016, the National Safety Council reported that head and neck injuries accounted for 12 percent of the workplace injuries that required visits to the emergency department. In 2013, 2,470 people fell to lower levels and had to miss time at work. During that same year, 9,420 people fell on the same level and also had to miss time at work.

In the private industry in 2013, there were 69,680 workplace head injuries that required time away from work. The construction industry accounted for 5,730 head injuries during that year. OSHA requires that employees wear eye protection when they are working around hazardous materials and head protection when they are working around equipment and construction sites. There are also regulations for tool belts and the safe use of tools when working at heights.

Most people who are injured on the job are eligible to apply for workers’ compensation benefits. Most employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance coverage in order to provide some protections for their workers. When employees receive head injuries while working on the job, they may be left with permanent disabilities and be unable to return to work. They might want to get help from workers’ compensation attorneys in order to secure the maximum possible benefit amounts.