According to research from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the industry that has the most traumatic brain injuries in workplaces around the country is construction. Statistics also show that there were 2210 occupational TBI fatalities from 2003 to 2010.
For its study, the NIOSH used the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to obtain the data for the construction industry. The data was examined in order to compare the fatality rates among cause of death, demographics and industries.
Traumatic brain injuries accounted for 25 percent of all of the construction fatalities that occurred during the eight-year study period, according to the National Safety Council. Over half of the work-related traumatic injuries that resulted in death were caused by falls from ladders, scaffolds and roofs. The professions with the highest rate of fatal TBIs were roofers and structural iron and steel workers. Workers who were at least 65 years of age were about four times more likely to have a fatal TBI than workers who were 25 to 34 years of age. Workers at companies that had less than 20 employees were far more likely to perish from a TBI than those who were a part of organizations that had more than 100 employees. Also, workers born in other countries had a higher TBI fatality rate than those who were born in the United States.
Even if if isn’t fatal, a workplace accident can cause tremendous financial burdens on the injured employee’s family members. They may want to meet with an attorney to see what benefits might be available under the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance coverage.