Workplace head injuries can traumatize the brain and put someone in a hospital for days, or in some cases may even lead to death. To prevent this type of damage from occurring, your facility should maintain a proper workplace injury prevention system. Believe it or not, workplace head injuries are fairly common and are usually the result of the poor execution of your facility’s safety guidelines. The good news is you can take matters into your own hands and develop an accident prevention program that’s going to guarantee the safety of you and your employees.
Now let’s take a look at the different severity of head injuries your workers can suffer while performing their duties.
- MILD – These types of head wounds show minimal damages inside and outside of the head. The person does not suffer from loss of consciousness but can experience headaches and vomiting.
- MODERATE – Workplace head injuries of this sort may be characterized by a noticeable trauma to the outside of the head. The person involved can momentarily lose consciousness and can also suffer from, memory loss, dizziness, headaches, drowsiness, vomiting, and confusion. There are some cases where cerebrospinal fluid leaks out from the nose.
- SEVERE – This type of head trauma show significant damage on outside of the head which in some cases can also affect the neck, arms and legs. The person is unconscious and unresponsive, and may at times suffer from seizures.
So what are the best ways to prevent workplace head injuries from occurring? As an employer you need to inform your employees about the latest safety policies in your facility and provide them with the tools and equipment they need to protect themselves.
- Your facility should display proper warning and safety signs in areas where head injuries are likely to happen. These signs should clearly indicate the possibility of head injuries and that the appropriate safety gear is needed before entering.
- Hard hats are the best equipment you can give to your workers. They are the primary source of protection your workers have against traumatic head injuries. You have to make sure that your employees enter work areas with the proper safety gear on.
- Keep your facility’s workplace injury prevention policies up to date, and make sure that your employees are properly trained and informed.
The biggest mistake that some companies commit is neglecting the need for employees to wear appropriate safety equipment and maintaining a good safety management program. When it comes to head injury prevention, nothing can protect your employees more than a hard hat. A good quality hard hat can make a big difference, and should be a mandatory item in high risk working environments such as construction sites, mining operations, maintenance and repair and other applications where the risks for head injuries are high.
Using hard hats is one of the best ways to prevent or minimize any sort of damage to the head. Hard hats come in different types depending on the type of work that needs to be done, and they are:
- Class A – These are the most commonly used hard hats. They offer outstanding protection from most blunt forces to the head but offers little protection against electricity
- Class B – Designed to protect the wearer from falling objects and high-voltage electrical shocks. These hard hats are used primarily for electrical applications.
- Class C – Light-weight and comfortable hard hats designed to protect the wearer when bumping fixed objects. Offers little protection from falling objects and electrical shocks.
Remember, discipline plays a big part in preventing workplace head injuries. You have to make sure your workers are always following the latest safety guidelines and are provided with the right head protection. Safety signs should always be posted in areas where accidents are likely to occur, and at eye level where everyone can clearly read them. Taking these measures is a sure fire way of preventing head injuries in the workplace.
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