A concussion is not just something that happens in crashes or football games. It can occur whenever a person experiences an event that causes the head to move back and forth rapidly.
For instance, concussions can happen to people while they are at work if they fall off a ladder, get hit by an airborne object or are close to an explosion. In these situations, knowing the signs of a concussion can ensure injured parties receive the care they need to treat injuries.
After someone experiences a jolt or blow to the head, be mindful of concussion symptoms, including:
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Problems with concentration
- Difficulty sleeping
These symptoms may seem minor at first, but pay attention to any that worsen or do not go away. However, immediate medical attention is vital for someone experiencing:
- Slurred speech
- Loss of consciousness
- An inability to wake up
These are symptoms that can indicate brain trauma that requires emergency care.
Protecting yourself before and after an accident
Individuals should take care to prevent concussions on the job. Some ways to do this include wearing hard hats and helmets, avoiding unsafe areas and using fall prevention systems.
If someone does get hit on the head or is exhibiting symptoms of a concussion, getting out of a dangerous situation right away is vital. If a person experiences another trauma shortly after the first, it can cause or exacerbate permanent damage.
Even if the symptoms of a concussion are minor, all victims should get medical attention. Thinking a person could brush off the incident and go back to work can have catastrophic consequences to their physical and cognitive functions.
Concussions can affect a person’s life in many ways, so employers and employees must take them seriously.
Preventive efforts can be essential, as are policies that allow workers to seek medical attention after a workplace injury. Further, training employees and managers on spotting these signs of a concussion can help everyone stay safer on the job.