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How to prevent head injuries from happening at work

On Behalf of | Jun 9, 2023 | Workers' Compensation

Georgia is full of adults understandably expecting to go home safely after working their shifts. Unfortunately, that won’t always happen. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 200 fatal work injuries occur in Georgia annually. Head injuries can be particularly dangerous. Avoiding them could save your life.

Stay aware of your surroundings

It’s human nature for people to check their smartphones or listen to music while working. However, smartphones and headphones make you less aware of your surroundings. Ignoring what’s around you can lead to slips and falls. These accidents often result in head injuries, leading to chronic medical conditions. Head injuries can also be fatal.

Wear safety attire

By law, a company must provide its employees with safety attire for any work-related task. Without equipment like hard hats, workers can easily suffer life-threatening injuries. If your employer doesn’t provide you with proper safety gear, and you get hurt, you might have a valid workers’ compensation claim.

Work at a manageable pace

Sometimes, employees rush through their tasks while working. It’s understandable to want to take your next break, go to lunch, or clock out for the day. But hurrying to complete work recklessly creates the potential for workplace head injuries. If you must always rush to complete your work, talk to your employer about this problem. Most companies would rather hire additional employees than have current workers get hurt.

It’s essential to seek medical treatment after a workplace injury, even if your injuries don’t seem severe. The other benefit of getting medically checked out is having documentation of your injuries. This documentation could help you seek compensation.