Construction workers are exposed to health hazards every day. These individuals may be badly injured or even killed as a result of exposure. Hazards have the potential of making you sick, ill or disabled, hurting your future potential and potentially forcing you out of your job. On top of that, you could be exposing your friends and family to the same kinds of hazards that you’re exposed to, simply by coming home at the end of your shift. If you’re filing a lawsuit for hazards that have hurt your health, that’s something to consider, since your attorney can include provisions for others who have been hurt as well.
What kinds of health hazards are in the workplace, and how can they affect you and the people you love? Hazards you’re exposed to at work can be brought back into your home without your knowledge. Things like dusts, concrete, oils, greases, solvents and other materials can come back on your clothing or skin. These items can, while unintentional, poison you and your family.
If you’re exposed to these kinds of hazards at work, you should wear personal protective equipment. Making sure to have good hygiene and to be well trained in these hazards can help as well. What kinds of hazards could you be exposed to? Chemically, gases, dusts, fibers, mists, fumes and others can be harmful to your health. Physically, you may suffer from noise, temperature, ionizing radiation and repetitive motion hazards.
Biological hazards can also be harmful. Mold, pathogens in blood, poisons, bacteria and infectious animals can expose you to risks of harm and potentially cause diseases or illnesses that can be spread to others.
Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration, “Welcome To… Health Hazards in Construction,” accessed Feb. 26, 2016