What are the leading causes of brain injuries on construction sites?

On Behalf of | Apr 23, 2024 | Construction Accidents

Most people readily acknowledge that construction is a dangerous profession. There are many hazards involved in helping to erect, modify or repair edifices. Construction work is notorious for being a relatively deadly profession.

Workers may also develop injuries through their work that could change the course of their lives. Brain injuries are among the worst injuries possible for those working in construction. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can cause a variety of different symptoms depending on the circumstances. The source of the injury, the severity of the injury and even someone’s personal characteristics can influence how a TBI presents.

People experience symptoms ranging from changes in cognition and sensory perception to issues with memory and motor function challenges. There are many ways for workers on construction sites to potentially hurt their brains. The following are some of the more common sources of TBIs in the construction sector.


Construction employees sometimes have to do their jobs at a significant elevation. If they fall, a brain injury is one of the numerous possible traumatic injuries that the worker might develop. Someone does not need to fall off of a tall building for a brain injury to be a risk. Falls that occur on the same level, such as when a worker trips over electrical supply lines or fall from a ladder, could also lead to brain injuries in some cases.

Falling objects

The possibility of another worker dropping something or something falling from overhead is a constant concern at a construction site. There’s a reason that general safety practices include consistent use of hard hats and other protective gear. A single moment’s oversight regarding equipment and tools is all that it takes for an item to come tumbling down multiple stories. Someone struck on the head could develop TBI symptoms that affect them for life.

Electrical shock and crushing risks

Brain injuries can occur after accidental exposure to electricity. Workers helping to install wiring are obviously at risk. Any workers handling power tools or working at a job site with temporary electrical supply could also be at risk of electrical shock.

Incidents involving crushing injuries that affect respiration could also potentially cause brain injuries. Any incident that shakes worker up, causes blunt force trauma or affects their respiration could potentially lead to a brain injury. Construction workers with brain injuries may not be able to continue working in their chosen profession. They may also have massive medical bills to cover.

Pursuing a work injury claim could help an injured construction worker deal with the economic consequences of a brain injury. Professionals who understand unique workplace risks can more effectively protect themselves and may also more effectively recognize when they need to take action after an incident.