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Workplace Illness Archives

Airline crews at greater risk for developing melanoma

Airline pilots and cabin crew members are consistently exposed to higher levels of ultraviolet radiation than the general population. This could explain why they face a significantly higher risk for developing melanoma. A comprehensive review of 19 study records involving more than 250,000 participants found that pilots and air crew have "twice the incidence of melanoma compared with the general population."

Cleaners face higher risks for lung and heart disease

At first glance, custodial work may appear to be a low-stress and laid-back occupation. Many cleaners find that the work is not overly demanding in physical terms - it just requires diligence and thoroughness. Custodial work performed in office buildings is rarely dangerous. Often, cleaners work in the evening after other workers have gone home and many cleaners work with minimal supervision.

Injured at work: Heat exposure dangerous even after June

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently issued a reminder that employers nationwide, including in Colorado, should not lose sight of the hazards of environmental heat exposure even though summer is winding down. Heat illness can occur at any time, and of all reports about employees being injured at work during this time, a significant percentage involved heat exposure. The same goes for on-the-job fatalities.

Work duties can increase the likelihood of heart disease

Heavier than normal work activities can result in a heart attack, even in a person who does not exhibit any signs of heart problems. In the parlance of the Colorado workers' compensation system, this is known as "unusual exertion". When unusual exertion does cause a heart attack, a worker can claim workers' compensation benefits, though such cases are often contested by insurance companies.

What is occupational asthma and how is it treated?

Asthma: Anyone who has it or knows someone who suffers from the affliction is aware of asthma's frightening effects. Out of the blue, an asthma sufferer can start coughing, wheezing or gasping for breath. Often, a sufferer must stop everything he or she is doing and seek relief from an inhaler. When an asthma attack happens to a person who is performing a critical function such as driving or operating heavy equipment, it could result in a serious accident.

Workers' compensation claims for illnesses can be challenging

Many Colorado workers suffer occupational diseases and repetitive injuries that can cause chronic conditions and could even prevent victims from working. In many cases, these conditions develop over time due to ongoing exposure to hazardous workplace environments. Unfortunately, these ailments are not as visible as broken bones, and they typically do not have a definite date of onset. All these aspects make the claiming of workers' compensation benefits extremely challenging.

Permanent disability: Welding can cause Parkinson's disease

Workers in Colorado are likely aware of the fact that they can claim insurance benefits after suffering work-related injuries. However, not all employees know that workplace illnesses can cause permanent disability, which also entitles them to workers' compensation benefits. The medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology recently published the findings of a study about Parkinson's disease in welders.

Hurt at work? We get the workers' compensation benefits you need

Mention workers' compensation and most people immediately picture a victim who was harmed in a serious industrial accident. While these types of accidents can and do happen, virtually any worker in any industry can be injured at work. Because of this, it is important for Colorado workers to understand exactly what workers' compensation benefits are and what they cover.

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