Most traumatic brain injuries are caused by car accidents and usually don’t happen at work. However, there are some jobs that are inherently more dangerous than others. According to OSHA, between 4-7% of all TBI’s are occupational in nature. This means that there is a chance you could be the victim of a head injury while at work. This is especially true if you work in construction, in a factory, or any job where heavy equipment is used. It also affects those required to work on scaffolding or roofing.
OSHA’s Regulations for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
OSHA has several regulations for PPE, or Personal Protective Equipment. These regulations reduce the risk of head injuries while on the job. 29 CFR 1910 Subpart I states:
Ensure that each affected employee wears a protective helmet when working in areas where there is a potential for injury to the head from falling objects.
Ensure that a protective helmet designed to reduce electrical shock hazard is worn by each such affected employee when near exposed electrical conductors which could contact the head.
Be sure that the head protection PPE being used complies with ANSI/ASSE Z89.1-2009, American National Standard for Industrial Head Protection, or the 2003 or 1997 editions of that consensus standard, which, again, are incorporated by reference. This standard establishes requirements for industrial head protection relating to impact protection, penetration protection, and electrical insulation protection.
Were You the Victim of a TBI While Working?
Traumatic brain injuries didn’t get the name “traumatic” for nothing. These types of injuries can be very devastating to both the victim and his or her family. Often, brain injuries change a person’s personality and make it difficult or impossible to complete daily tasks. However, this depends on the location and severity of the injury.
In many cases, family members must become full-time caregivers to victims with traumatic brain injuries. Unfortunately, the victim is completely disabled and unable to return to work.
If you or a loved one are the victim of a traumatic brain injury while on the job, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation. Workers’ comp helps you with medical expenses, lost wages, and disability. At the Wanko Law Firm, LLC, we have the skills and experience to help you get the benefits you deserve after a devastating work-related injury.
Contact our office today for a consultation to discuss your case in detail and to learn how Louisiana workers’ compensation works. Call now at (985) 893-6530.