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Brain injury hazards exist in all work environments

All work environments in New York pose safety hazards, regardless of the industry. Many workers do not realize that a traumatic brain injury can be suffered in a seemingly safe workplace. Authorities say that most traumatic brain injuries are caused by work-related falls, and sadly, many of them are fatal. Common causes include wet spills or leakages, uneven surfaces and debris or random objects that cause trip hazards. Damaged stairways and fire escapes also cause fall accidents that result in head trauma.

Falling objects pose significant head injury hazards. Workers in offices, warehouses, storage areas of retail stores, construction sites and other workplaces can suffer brain injuries caused by falling objects. The presence of mechanical equipment pose risks of dropped loads; for instance, an unbalanced load falling from a forklift or the unexpected opening of a backhoe's clam shells causing a load to drop onto a worker.

Power plant environment also pose risks of brain injuries for workers. Chemical exposure, overheating equipment, leaking pipes, sudden steam release, fires and explosions are all brain injury hazards. Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes safety regulations to protect workers from all these hazards, noncompliance remains a problem.

Any victim of an occupational brain injury in a New York workplace might be entitled to seek financial assistance through the workers' compensation insurance system. Normal benefits cover medical expenses and lost income, but the consequences of traumatic brain injuries may cause long-term problems. With the help of an experienced workers' compensation attorney, additional benefits might be obtained.

Source: braininjuryinstitute.org, "Workplace Accident", Accessed on May 18, 2018

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