PA Workers Comp Safety: Concussions
As a result of recent events surrounding the NFL, there has been a lot of talk as to how concussions work in terms of Pennsylvania workers’ compensation.
A concussion, which is a type of head injury that is brought on by an action that shakes the brain inside the skull, is not something that should be taken lightly. If you or someone you know has suffered a concussion as a result of a work-related injury, it is important that you contact a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney immediately to discuss your options, as you are most likely entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits.
Below are some tips you and your coworkers can use to help prevent concussions when on the job, as well as some general information regarding what types of injuries can cause concussions.
If, after an injury, anyone on you job site begins to show the following symptoms, he or she may have a concussion:
Difficulty Thinking or Concentrating
Being unable to remember new information
Nausea or vomiting
Sensitivity to Light
Trouble Keeping Balance
Emotional Changes (anger, depression, anxiety)
Other symptoms that can occur that evening or soon after include sleeping less than usual or having a difficult time falling asleep.
If someone receives a head injury and exhibits any of these symptoms, get them medical attention immediately.
Concussions usually occur to those that work in some kind of labor industry. For example, landscaping maintenance, or construction. However, concussions can occur in those that work in other fields as well. Here are some of the most common instances that can cause someone to have a concussion:
Slipping or tripping
Getting hit by a falling object
Falling from a high distance (scaffold, ladder, roof, etc.)
Concussions can be avoided by following proper safety procedures. Of course, as always, it’s important to wear proper safety equipment. When they are required, hard hats should fit properly and be worn at all times. Hard hats should cover the forehead with the brim parallel to the floor and/or ground. The hard hat should be tight enough so that it stays on the head without sliding around. However, it should also not be so tight that it irritates the skin.
However, hard hats aren’t the only safety items that can help prevent concussions. Other examples include harnesses, slip resistant shoes, and wet floor signs.
If you have been injured on the job and live in the Harrisburg, State College, or Wilkes-Barre area, contact PaWorkersCompHelpNow for a free consultation by calling 717-234-2402.