The Health Risks of Construction Work

Periods of sleep excluded, the average human being spends more time at work than anywhere else. Our works are therefore the places we’ll most likely contract an illness, rendering occupational health and safety to be of utmost importance. Unfortunately, many occupations pose the threat of potentially deadly illnesses and diseases. Those who work on construction sites face particular health risks and here is some information on the illnesses they could develop; plus some legal guidance on seeking compensation.

We’ll start with the matter of claiming legal advice

If you’ve suffered from a work related illness you may be able to claim compensation in the form of a substantial sum. This will only be possible however if you can prove your employer was responsible. Therefore illnesses contracted due to your failure to adhere and comply with workplace health and safety policies will not reap any compensation.
Many workers may feel as if filing a compensation claim may result in them losing their jobs. However, most businesses have their employees’ health covered by insurance, and so will be unmoved by any claims for compensation. Most workers therefore need not worry about a claim potentially risking their jobs.

Construction Work’s Health Risks

Construction workers face the risk of contracting a variety of asbestos related diseases. Asbestos is a type of fibre that is harmful to our lungs and can develop cancer if breathed in heavily. It is most found in extremely dusty places and thus construction workers who deal regularly with asbestos fibres are obliged to wear face masks.

Mesothelioma claims thousands of lives a year for example, many of whom contracted the disease while working in construction. The illness is a cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs and is considered rare.

Construction workers also have to deal with unbearably loud noises too. They are therefore required to wear headgear in the form of earplugs to prevent one’s eardrums to be damaged by the loud noises prevalent in construction workplaces.
Industrial deafness is a type of this noise induced hearing loss. Its symptoms are struggling to hear, needing to turn the TV up to unusually high levels and the hearing of a constant ringing or buzzing noise to name but a few.
Skin disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, and respiratory diseases are some of the other illnesses that can be developed through working on a construction site.

Follow the Rules and Regulations

The best way to avoid developing a work related illness is by following the health and safety guidelines. This is in fact really the only way, as these guidelines have been put in place to protect workers from health damages. If your employer has not gone through the guidelines with you yet then request to have them trained and taught.


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