Construction workers have most traumatic head injuries

David Goodhue – AHN News Reporter

San Diego, CA, United States (AHN) – The construction industry has the highest number of traumatic brain injuries out of all other sectors of the U.S. workforce, according to a new study.

And University of California, San Diego researchers say the highest rates of serious head injuries happen in the agriculture, forestry and fishing industries.

The leading causes of the injuries in the workplace are motor vehicle accidents, falls, assaults and other violent acts and contact with objects or equipment.

Men suffered fatality rates 15 times higher than women, and workers 65 and older had the highest traumatic brain injury fatality rates of all workers.

The high numbers of traumatic brain injuries may be attributed to the “graying” of the American workforce, the researchers said in a statement. Employment of workers 65 and over increased by 101 percent from 1997 to 2007. These older workers are more susceptible to falls, the researchers said.

A report on the study is published in the July issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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