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Certain jobs pose a higher risk for occupational diseases

On Behalf of | Mar 5, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

Any job can place Rhode Island workers at risk of an injury or illness. With occupational diseases, the symptoms might take time to manifest. Once someone is diagnosed as suffering from health problems due to their work, they should consider filing for their rightful workers’ compensation benefits.

Which jobs have a high rate of occupational disease?

Specific jobs have a higher chance of workers developing occupational diseases than others. This is frequently contingent on the type of work it is and if potentially harmful substances are involved.

Miners are susceptible to a variety of illnesses, particularly silicosis. This stems from inhaling silica, which they can be exposed to when mining. It can be a catalyst for tuberculosis and cancer.

Agricultural workers are exposed to a litany of toxic substances. Pesticides are necessary to keep crops from being ruined, but they can also have health-related consequences for people.

Construction is known for falls, back injuries, broken bones and other forms of physical damage that justify receiving workers’ compensation benefits, but it can also be the catalyst for hearing loss due to the noise associated with it.

Health care workers are of course around sick people as part of the job. This puts them at risk of being exposed to viruses, being harmed by radiation from X-rays and being stuck by needles.

Compensation for work-related illnesses

These are just some examples of the dangers and occupational illnesses people with high-risk jobs might face. Simply because lost time on the job and medical care does not stem from blunt force or muscular damage does not make it less viable when filing for workers’ compensation benefits. Workers who are ill have rights and should pursue workers’ compensation to help them receive treatment and make ends meet financially.