Toxic substances in the workplace can be a real safety hazard. Even short-term exposure to some chemicals can leave a worker with burns, breathing problems, skin rashes and more.
If you suffer from multiple chemical sensitivities due to over-exposure to chemicals on the job, can you get workers' compensation benefits -- or any type of disability -- for it?
Asthma is a terribly frustrating and dangerous condition where the airways in the victim's lungs will suddenly seize up, leaving him or her unable to take another good breath. Most people think that it's something you're either born with or not.
Some people work in conditions that might expose them to an increased risk of certain diseases. Occupational illnesses are serious conditions that can be debilitating. They can also kill. It is imperative that workers who are around these conditions be provided ways to keep the risks down.
As a maintenance worker, you know how important it is to tackle any task that comes your way. In this field, you soon realize that no two days are the same.
At one time, asbestos was highly regarded as an almost miracle fiber. It answered many problems associated with industries nationwide because it was strong, easy to work with and even helped reduce the risk of fire. However, as we all now know, asbestos exposure can be deadly, especially to workers who handle the material on a regular basis.
Lung disease affects many workers in Illinois and the rest of the nation. Unfortunately, it has been difficult in the past to spot the earliest signs of this sometimes life-threatening disease. Unless you schedule a CT (computerized axial tomography) scan at the earliest opportunity, the disease might be overlooked until it has advanced to a dangerous degree.
The first thing to understand is that anything that can make you sick through your employment can be a workplace illness as long as you can show that it occurred because of your work. Of course, if you catch the flu from a co-worker, it will not be defined as a workplace illness.