There are many respiratory diseases that you can obtain in your very own workplace, which is why protection from these diseases is important. Especially for those who work in construction, the risks are high. Some of the most serious diseases include cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which, in many cases, can prove fatal. Current statistics show us that there are approximately 12,000 deaths every year due to respiratory diseases that occur in the workplace, with a huge percentage being asbestos-related. Many people obtain breathing and lung problems as a result of the workplace, and many diseases are made worse from the construction workplace.
What Actually Causes These Diseases?
Do you have the symptoms of asbestosis or silicosis from workplace conditions, such as sore throat, tight chest, muscle or body aches, or shortness of breath? It could have been caused by many conditions, including:
- Dust from working around wood, cotton, asbestos, and more that can hurt your lungs
- Fumes from metals that are heated and cooled too quickly
- Smoke from burning materials, as smoke contains particles, gases, and vapors
- Mists or sprays from paints, lacquers, and more
Talking to Your Employer
In many cases, respiratory diseases from the workplace can be prevented, very easily. This can be done by simply increasing the ventilation in a work area, using a respirator as a protective measure, and following workplace safety precautions that should be put in place for all employees. If you have been diagnosed, you should always speak to your employer so that they are aware of the risks and can create new measures to reduce exposure. It is up to employers to ensure that all employees are kept safe and free from hazards in the workplace.
If your employer has not given you proper protection in the workplace such as providing a respirator when needed, you may have a claim. You may be eligible for workers’ compensation or other benefits as necessary. Talk to us today about your injuries and illnesses from the workplace and how we can help you.