It is claimed that over the past 15 years, a University of Toronto expert who is a professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Angela Colantonio, has apparently examined the consequences of aging and injury in the brain. A senior scientist at Toronto Rehab, Colantonio is the lead author of a new study on brain injury among construction workers.
Information was gathered from the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board for the study. Some academic studies have taken up this issue. Yet the construction industry, with roughly 400,000 workers in Ontario alone is claimed to have an elevated rate of acute brain injury.
Colantonio commented, “My larger body of research has multiple components. One of those components is looking at acquired brain injury in the population from an epidemiological perspective, where we have done work particularly focusing on vulnerable populations. Now we are looking at high-risk workers.”
Colantonio’s team was apparently not astonished to discover the maximum amount of brain injuries is in the demanding construction month of August, while December seemed to have the least. But apparently they didn’t anticipate in discovering a second peak in October. This could be a sign of increase in work to finish projects before the winter months. Adding factors to injuries could be shorter days and less light and more unfavorable weather conditions.
Colantonio highlighted that the weather conditions seemed to be one of the significant reasons to have a Canadian study. The study also asked questions about the time of day when these injuries take place. It apparently detected two peaks during the day i.e. the hour prior to lunch and the hours post lunch.
Colantonio remarked, “Most of us know that lethargic feeling that hits just before or after lunch at work and it’s hard to focus, but we have a job to finish.”
Among other findings, younger workers apparently had more chances to go through brain injuries in the morning, while the odds of older workers to suffer from such injuries in late afternoon seemed to be more.
The study was published in the Journal Brain Injury.