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Environmental hazards that can lead to workers’ comp claims

On Behalf of | Sep 27, 2021 | Workers' Compensation |

Minnesota workers expect to do their jobs safely and effectively. Unfortunately, in some types of jobs, it’s possible to encounter environmental hazards that can potentially harm your health. Some environmental hazards are common and can lead to more workers’ compensation claims being filed.

Biological hazards

Professionals who work in the medical field often have to deal with biological hazards. Those hazards can include anything that comes from humans, animals, plants or organisms. They can cause harm to a worker’s health and lead to illness, allergic reactions and more. People who work in labs can potentially be harmed by these types of environmental hazards, resulting in the need to file a workers’ compensation claim.

Chemical hazards

Chemicals that are flammable, combustible or toxic can pose significant health hazards. When workers handle certain chemicals, they can accidentally inhale them or get injured if they have come into contact with their skin. This can lead to chronic health issues like asthma, cancer, skin burns, vomiting and other serious conditions.

Physical hazards

Being exposed to physical hazards can also injure employees and result in more workers’ compensation claims. If a person is exposed to poor air quality, extreme temperatures, excessive loud noise or radiation, they can experience a slew of health problems like respiratory issues, hearing loss, cancer and more.

How can things be improved in the workplace?

Employers can take measures to keep their workers safer while they work with environmental hazards. There should be a strong plan of action in place for workers to follow in case of an emergency. Survival kits should be on hand that includes items like water, flashlights, radios, first aid kits and non-perishable foods. There should also be an evacuation plan in case of a disaster.

While it’s always risky working with environmental hazards, the right precautions can minimize those risks. However, if you’ve suffered injuries, you should file a workers’ comp claim immediately.