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Top Health Illnesses Facing Construction Workers Today

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that every day, almost 6.5 million individuals labor at about 252,000 construction sites across the country. Research indicates that the nation’s average for all other industries in this category is lower than the fatal injury rate for the construction sector. Falls from ladders or scaffolding, burns from explosions, and electric shocks are common risks for construction workers. These employees do, however, also face other risks, such as occupational illnesses. In certain instances, these can lie unreported for years, causing irreversible harm to workers in the construction industry. A workers’ compensation claim could help lessen the financial consequences of this type of job injury.

Employees in Oregon have the right to expect a safe and healthy working environment. Unfortunately, many people work in places that expose them to hazardous substances or unsafe circumstances, which can result in a variety of common occupational disorders. Work-related injuries and diseases happen far too frequently. In 2022, US companies reported 2.8 million injury and illness cases. Occupational illnesses can be moderate to severe, and in rare cases, fatal. You should contact an Oregon Construction Accident Attorney today in case you or your loved ones have suffered any such construction accidents.

7 Common Illnesses from Construction Sites

7 Common Illnesses from Construction Sites

1. Respiratory illnesses

Workers get occupational respiratory disorders after inhaling hazardous substances. A person may have difficulty breathing long after their exposure to the harmful material has ended. 

Workers in occupations including mining, construction, agriculture, and manufacturing are more likely to develop respiratory disorders. This is the result of exposure to asbestos, silica, coal dust, insecticides, and other hazardous substances. 

Work-related respiratory diseases include:

  • Black Lung Disease
  • Asbestosis 
  • Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Asthma

2. Infectious diseases

Do you work for an employer who fails to provide you with necessary protective equipment or adhere to other safety protocols? You and your co-workers may have a higher chance of developing an infectious disease.

Occupational infectious diseases develop when employees are exposed to infectious workplace pathogens. Viruses, fungus, bacteria, and other microbes frequently cause workplace infectious illnesses. Individuals working in the healthcare field, laboratories, or with animals are more likely to get an occupational infectious disease. Contractible diseases include hepatitis B and C, TB, and COVID-19. 

3. Skin Conditions

About half of all illnesses related to the workplace are skin problems. Among the most prevalent kinds of skin conditions related to the workplace include dermatitis, chemical burns, and skin cancer. 

Some jobs that frequently cause skin conditions in their employees include:

  • Construction workers
  • Hair Stylists
  • Scientific Researchers
  • Laboratory Workers 
  • Agricultural Laborers
  • Healthcare Professionals
  • Cleaning Personnel
  • Painters

4. Hearing Loss

A single traumatic event, such as a hit to the head or exposure to a loud explosion, can result in occupational hearing loss. Prolonged exposure to loud noises, such as those produced by equipment, jackhammers, or other instruments, can also result in hearing loss

Among the signs that your place of employment is excessively noisy are:

  • Needing to yell in order to be heard by your coworkers, even though they are close by.
  • Having a persistent ringing, buzzing, or humming sound in your ears after work.
  • Experiencing transient hearing loss after working a shift.

5. Mental Health Diseases 

A person’s mental health may suffer in some job conditions. Workers who experience anxiety, nightmares, insomnia, depression, and other mental health problems may also have poor work circumstances. Employees who experienced or observed a catastrophic incident at work may be at risk for developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

6. Cancer

Exposure to diverse substances and surroundings while working has been associated with a higher risk of getting multiple types of cancer. Workers may be exposed to carcinogenic substances at work, such as secondhand smoking, benzene, radiation, and asbestos. 

Several malignancies that are frequently linked to exposure at work include:

7. Repetitive Strain Injuries

Employees in many jobs must carry out the same motion repeatedly each day. Repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) can be caused by doing the same movements during every shift. A repetitive stress injury, also known as a continuous motion injury, affects your muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, and other body parts. The following are a few of the most typical repetitive stress injuries that occur in construction: Raynaud’s disease, bursitis, ulnar tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, tenosynovitis, thoracic outlet syndrome, and rotator cuff injuries.
Plus these common injuries:

Contact an Oregon Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today!

Any kind of disease or illness has the potential to cause terrible long-term damage. It is essential that you obtain experienced legal representation if you or a loved one has suffered as a result of a medical condition or job harm. Our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at Aldrich & Brunot, LLC have several years of expertise in handling cases involving workplace accidents. We’ll put forth every effort to see that you receive compensation for your suffering.  To set up a free consultation and receive support with your case, contact us right now.