New study says occurrence of work-related brain injuries is cause for concern

A new study sheds light on the importance of hard hats and other safety equipment at a work site.

The report, which will be published in the July 2011 edition of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, suggests that U.S. employers should take more precautions to prevent work-related traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). The study revealed that agriculture, forestry and fishing industries had the highest rates between 2003 and 2008.

Researchers based their findings on data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injury (CFOI). The leading causes of fatal TBIs on worksites were motor vehicle accidents and falls.

"With limited resources available for occupational safety and health programs, the identification and targeting of high-risk populations, including older workers, should be a priority for industry," said Hope Tiesman, lead investigator of the study.

Employers may want to consider revamping their fall protection standards and stocking up on safety supplies to ensure that workers do not experience TBIs. 

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