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Catastrophic injuries of the brain can cause permanent impairment

Brain injuries come in different types and severity, and each one is unique. Many people in Tennessee and elsewhere do not realize that a concussion is a traumatic brain injury that can have long-term health consequences. Catastrophic brain injuries can damage to one or various functional areas of the brain, and the level of damage will determine whether the concussion heals in months or years.

The sudden movement and momentum change of the brain inside the skull causes the damage. During the whiplash movement, such as that caused by many rear-end accidents, the brain smashes into the walls of the skull. This causes damaging tears to cranial nerves and makes the blood vessels stretch. The victim can lose consciousness or just feel dazed, in which case the severity might be underestimated. Bleeding on the brain or swelling can follow, even without a penetration wound, and such complications could be fatal.

Road rash may lead to serious complications

With spring just a few weeks away, you are itching to climb behind the handlebars of your favorite motorcycle and explore everything Tennessee has to offer. Of course, because motorcycle riding can be dangerous, you must wear appropriate protective gear. If you fail to do so, you have an increased chance of suffering a serious injury on the road. 

Road rash occurs when skin rubs against the surface of the road. To prevent it, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office recommends wearing a jacket and protective leather chaps. While road rash can be painful, it is typically treatable. Regrettably, though, the condition may lead to significant health complications. 

Construction site injuries: Not any hard hat can prevent TBI

Traumatic brain injuries are reported to make up almost one-quarter of all occupational fatalities. Furthermore, a significant percentage of all brain injuries, fatal and non-fatal, occur in the construction industry nationwide, including Tennessee. According to safety authorities, many construction site injuries to the head could be prevented by providing proper head protection.

The primary causes of traumatic brain injuries among construction workers are falls from scaffolds, ladders and roofs. Many construction company owners realize that the traditional hard hat does not provide the necessary protection against head injuries. Climbing helmets have proved to provide more protection, partly because they have a chinstrap and a layer of foam on the inside.

Auto accident injuries: Pickup truck crashes into residence

The Building and Codes Department in Clarksville recently had to determine whether a local residence was habitable after a pickup truck crashed into it. Two adults and a child were hospitalized with auto accident injuries. Authorities say the accident occurred at approximately 9 a.m. on a recent Friday.

According to a police spokesperson, a 34-year-old woman was operating a vehicle that crashed into the Tennessee home and then smashed into a vehicle that was parked next door. The occupants of the home, a man and a woman along with their dog suffered no injuries, although damage to the home was extensive. The occupants of the pickup truck were less fortunate.

Woman arrested after New Year's Day fatal motorcycle accident

One of the first road accidents of the year in Tennessee claimed the life of a man on the evening of New Year's Day. According to a preliminary accident report, the man died in a motorcycle accident that occurred at approximately 10 p.m. The accident is still under investigation, and authorities have asked witnesses of the accident to come forward.

The crash report indicates that a 38-year-old woman was heading south in an SUV when she made a left turn into a private driveway. However, she failed to yield for an oncoming northbound motorcyclist, turning directly into the path of the 52-year-old biker. Reportedly, the impact of the accident caused the motorcyclist to be ejected.

Auto accident injuries caused by SUV crashing into coffee bar

The favorite gathering spot of many high school students in the Tennessee town of Arlington was severely damaged when an SUV crashed through the front entrance on a recent Tuesday. Amazingly, only two students suffered auto accident injuries. According to a report by the sheriff's office, the incident occurred during the locale's busiest time, between 2 p.m and 3 p.m.

Students were showered with pieces of glass as the bistro's front windows shattered upon impact. Although many of the people who were in the coffee bar at the time suffered shock, just two of them -- both students -- were transported to the hospital for treatment. Reportedly, none of the injuries suffered were considered critical.

A motorcyclist may face spinal cord injury if a crash occurs

In a car-motorcycle crash, the motorcyclist is the most vulnerable to serious injury because he or she lacks the protection a closed vehicle offers.

Broken bones are common in a motorcycle accident, but one of the most serious and potentially life-changing results is a spinal cord injury.

Employers must protect construction workers against winter cold

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires construction company owners to provide safe work environments and protect employees from known hazards, one of which is cold stress. Without protection, construction workers in Tennessee and across the country put their lives on the line. Through safety training, workers must learn about the dangers they face when working in cold conditions, and also recognize cold stress symptoms in themselves and co-workers.

Training must cover basic first aid and the steps to take in emergencies, which could include downed power lines, slippery roads, winds that drive temperatures even lower, along with the risks of hypothermia, trench foot and frostbite. Workers must learn how to dress to keep their bodies warm and dry, how to navigate the engineering controls, and use the personal protective equipment their employers provide. OSHA encourages employers to limit the time workers spend outdoors and allow frequent breaks in warm rest areas.

Alleged DUI driver causes construction site injuries to 4 workers

Tennessee road construction crews often put their lives on the line to keep drivers safe. Unfortunately, many drivers have little or no concern for the workers. This was underscored by a recent incident in which an alleged drunk driver caused serious construction site injuries to four highway workers near the Memphis exit from northbound Interstate 65.

The police were called to the scene on a recent Sunday evening. They discovered that a driver who had lost control of his car smashed into a light tower. The impact caused the light tower to fall on the workers. Authorities say two workers suffered injuries to their legs, one had a collapsed lung, and the fourth worker's spine was fractured.

Falls from heights frequently cause construction site injuries

Safety authorities say that falls from heights make up a significant percentage of workplace injuries nationwide, including Tennessee, and that many of which are fatal. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires employers to comply with strict safety standards when it comes to working on scaffolds or other elevated areas. The regulations cover the need for adequate fall arrest equipment, including a harness, lanyard and a secure anchor point to prevent catastrophic construction site injuries.

An example of noncompliance involves a recent tragedy in another state in which a construction worker fell to his death. Reportedly, an emergency call was received shortly after 10 a.m. First responders arrived at the construction site of a condominium complex to find the 37-year-old worker had fallen from where he was working on storm shutters on the eighth floor.

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