Falls aren't limited to work; they happen off the job too. According to the
National Safety Council, 26% of deaths at home and community are caused by falls.
The elderly are most prone to serious
injury and or death but fall injuries are not limited to the elderly. Falls can cause cuts,
broken bones and dislocations, however one of the most serious result of a fall, other than death, can be a
How this will affect you depends upon which part of your brain has been injured as a result of a fall or impact.
Broken bones usually heal, but head injuries can result in life long serious problems, such as:
Changes in personality, such as increased anxiety,
depression or anger.
Difficulties with eye and hand coordination, and
inability to handle tools or play sports well.
Defects in vision and visual illusions.
Short-term memory loss or interference with long
Increased aggressive behavior.
Difficulty in distinguishing left from
Changes in social behavior
How you fall or how you land can determine
the extent of your injury. From the time someone starts to fall, several factors influence what part of the body
will be injured and how severe the damage will be such as:
Distance of the fall
The angle of the body at impact
The obstacles the body strikes
The surface eventually landed on
What Can You Do? PAY ATTENTION
According to Workers Comp and the BLS,
upward of 85% of accidents are caused by human error, play it safe and avoid taking risks.
Report unsafe conditions to the nearest
supervisor and make it a habit to work safely, regardless of time pressures and productivity goals. Know how to
use fall protection and fall restraint equipment. Never say, "I'll only be up there a minute."
Practice caution at home - accidents and
head injuries from falls happen more often off the job than at work.
Stay Alert! Head injuries can have
devastating consequences that may impact your life forever.