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Construction industry working to update safety helmets

New York residents who work in the construction industry may be interested in learning that, according to government researchers, more than 2,200 fatal traumatic brain injuries occurred in construction workers from 2003 to 2010. To reduce the risk of fatal traumatic brain injuries from happening, some construction firms are working to develop safety helmets that protect workers better than the traditional hard hats they usually wear.

According to the researchers, the rate of fatal traumatic brain injuries that took place in the seven-year span that was studied was 2.6 per 100,000 full-time construction workers. Workers who were 65 years of age or older had higher rates than their younger counterparts did. Additionally, on-site falls were determined to be the most frequent cause of traumatic brain injuries. To protect against these types of injuries, hard hats are required to be worn by employees in areas that pose fall hazards. This protective headgear works by spreading the force of the impact across the shell of the hard hat, reducing the amount of the impact that gets transferred to the skull.

The safety helmets that some firms are looking into take certain design features from the protective headgear that mountain climbers use. Part of the appeal is that these helmets do not fall off in the event of a fall. These helmets may be more beneficial to construction workers than traditional hard hats, which may fall off when workers are involved in on-site accidents.

If a construction employee is injured in a workplace accident, he or she is entitled to workers' compensation. These benefits cover an injured employee's medical costs and, possibly, a percentage of his or her pay if he or she is temporarily or permanently unable to work. A workers' compensation attorney can act as an advocate for someone by filing the claim and negotiating a settlement that adequately compensates an individual for his or her injuries. A lawyer may also seek additional compensation if negligence played a part in the accident.

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