An occupational disease is any illness that occurs as a result of someone’s occupation. Occupational diseases differ from occupational hazards (falls, broken bones, etc.) in that they are not typically traumatic in nature.
Below are some of the most common occupational diseases.
Lung disease can occur when a worker has been exposed to harmful substances such as gas and dust. Lung diseases often occur when workers often come in contact with asbestos, coal dust, and barium. Employees who work in the mining, construction, agricultural, and hydrofracking industries are most at risk for lung diseases. People who work in these conditions should wear protective masks.
Skin diseases usually occur when a worker comes in contact with dangerous chemicals or has wet hands for a long period of time. Common work-related skin diseases include urticaria (hives), sunburn, skin cancer, and eczema.
Those that work in industries such as hairdressing, construction, metal machining, healthcare, and printing are at the most risk for developing skin disease.
Other Occupational Diseases
Other common occupational diseases include carpal tunnel syndrome, which causes pain, numbness and other symptoms in the wrist and hand; Computer Vision Syndrome, a condition that results in eyestrain and eye pain associated with looking at a computer screen; and lead poisoning, affecting those who frequently come in contact with lead on the job.
Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation
If you have suffered from any of the diseases mentioned in this article, you may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation. Report the condition to your supervisor and contact a competent Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney immediately.
If you live in the Harrisburg, Williamsport, or Lewistown area, contact PaWorkersCompHelpNow at 1-877-COMPHELP for a free consultation. Do not miss out on the benefits you are entitled to.