You can work for years and hardly get a scratch, then one day a fall can turn your life around. Fall injuries may cause abrasions, fractures and dislocations. However, one of the most serious results of a fall, other than death, can be a head injury. How this will affect you depends upon which part of your brain has been injured as a result of a fall or impact. Broken bones usually heal, but head injuries can result in life long serious problems, such as:
- Changes in personality, such as increased anxiety, depression or anger
- Difficulties with eye and hand coordination, and inability to handle tools or play a sport well
- Defects in vision and visual illusions
- Short-term memory loss or interference with long term memory
- Increased aggressive behavior
- Difficulty in distinguishing left from right
- Changes in social behavior
How you fall often determines your specific injury
From the time a worker loses a secure grip, footing or balance, until impact, several factors influence what part of the body will be injured and how severe the damage will be. They are:
- Distance of the fall – momentum and velocity affect the impact on your body
- The angle of the body at impact – we’re not like cats landing on all fours
- The obstacles the body strikes – falling on railings, steps, or vehicles
- The surface eventually landed on – grass or broken concrete & re-bar
What you can do: THINK!
- Maintain focus on the task at hand; avoid distractions that can put you at risk of falling
- Report unsafe conditions to the nearest supervisor
- Make it a habit to work safely, regardless of time pressures and productivity goals
- Practice caution at home – accidents and head injuries from falls happen more often off the job than at work
- Know how to use fall protection and fall restraint equipment
- Use handrails when walking along staircases
Stay Alert! Head injuries can have devastating consequences that may impact your life forever.
Berkley Industrial Comp is pleased to share this material with its customers. Please note, however, that nothing in this document should be construed as legal advice or the provision of professional consulting services. This material is for general informational purposes only, and while reasonable care has been utilized in compiling this information, no warranty or representation is made as to accuracy or completeness.