Man Whose Head Was Crushed In Construction Accident Gets Titanium Skull

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Photo source: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/3d-printed-titanium-skull-in-chinese-man-2014-9

Many of the accidents that take place on construction sites are minor and the injuries don’t appear too drastic (we tend to be shocked by images such as the one above), but every now then an accident happens which causes such disfigurement that it shocks even the most seasoned of construction workers. That is the case with a 46 year old workman from Xian China who suffered serious disfigurement that his skull now has to be rebuilt using the latest 3D technology and titanium.

An article featured on www.Businessinsider.com.au detailed how far the medical profession has come in plastic surgery and the replacement of body parts which can now be customised to an individual’s needs using a revolutionary new system but I found most interesting was the effects that the construction worker suffered as a result of a fall from a height. The article explains:

This year alone, doctors have printed tubes that stabilised a child’s collapsed windpipe and they have installed the first ever 3D printed vertebra in a 12-year-old boy.

Now, in a surgery that was one of the first of its kind, doctors replaced part of a Chinese man’s skull with 3D printed titanium mesh that was moulded to perfectly restore the part of his skull that had been smashed in an accident.

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/3d-printed-titanium-skull-in-chinese-man-2014-9

The accident which disfigured Hu, a 46 year old construction worker from Xian happened whilst he was working on a construction project when fell 3 stories and smashed his head on a pile of wood.

As a result of the fall, the man smashed in a portion of his skull and this caused damage to his brain. The man suffered serious vision loss in his left and lost the ability to write and speak.

This is an example of the type of consequences that can result from construction accidents – making the need for safety even more clear.

The outcome for Hu may have been bad, but he has been given some hope by the new medical breakthrough,

Doctors at Xijing Hospital in Xi’an brought in experts from around the world to try and figure out how to restore some sense of normalcy for Hu. They decided to scan Hu’s head and 3D print a titanium mesh replacement for part of his cranium, modelled after the right side of his head in order to give him a symmetrical appearance.

Even more impressive, his doctors think that after his brain has time to repair itself and grow within its new titanium structure, Hu should regain some of his lost ability to communicate.

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/3d-printed-titanium-skull-in-chinese-man-2014-9

Others may not be as lucky as Hu, firstly to survive the accident and secondly to be able to receive medical attention to correct the effects of the fall incident. Although nothing can erase the pain and suffering that Hu suffered.

One of the ways that workers can avoid falling victim to the hazards presented by construction work  as Hu did, is adhering to their safety training.

Training for Australian construction workers involves completing the White Card course, a general construction safety induction course which equips workers with the basic health and safety knowledge necessary to work on a construction site.

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