According to reports by the Brain Injury Institute, workplace accidents that cause traumatic brain injuries are far more prevalent than might be expected. Although vehicle accidents remain the number one cause of TBI, injured workers reporting falls come a close second, and many of these occur at workplaces in Colorado and across the country. There may also be a misconception that only certain industries such as construction pose fall hazards, but the truth is that even office environments can be dangerous.
The Institute reports that one in five reported TBIs resulted from falls on uneven or wet surfaces or trips over random objects irresponsibly placed in walkways. It was also noted that the increased number of fall accidents in workplaces may be partly attributed to statistics that show that the number of older workers -- over age 65 -- has doubled over the last 30 years. The importance of protective steps to avoid fall hazards in the workplace is underscored by recommending protective clothing, such as hard hats, closed shoes and gloves, along with providing non-slip walkways.