You might think your workplace is safe, but very few facilities are accident-proof. Many Missouri workers rely on their employers to protect their safety and health as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes. However, for many business owners, profits are more important, leaving it up to employees to look out for their own safety.
If you work in construction here in Missouri, you already know that you do dangerous work, even if your workplace is safe. You accept the risks because it's part of the job. You may often work at heights, use dangerous equipment and rely on your co-workers to help keep you from harm.
Missouri workers who suffer injury on the job are entitled to financial recovery through their employer's workers' compensation insurance. However, you may be unaware of the fact that you could also be entitled to compensation if you become sick as a direct result of your job. Occupational illnesses could be valid grounds to file a workers' compensation benefits claim.
Oh, wait. You probably can't raise your hand above your head. Being able to do so without pain often becomes the primary goal of everyone who suffers from this type of injury. Unfortunately, it could be months before you can reach for the sky again. Even so, you may still experience some pain when you do.
When a painful injury prevents you from working, it can disrupt your entire life, whether that injury is the result of a single accident or of cumulative trauma over time. Workers in various fields and industries face the risk of repetitive stress injuries, but people tend to overlook and dismiss these types of injuries because they are unseen.
Silica exposure can have serious, even deadly, consequences, and if you faced exposure at work, your health is at risk. Certain Missouri workers would be wise to recognize the signs of silicosis, a serious illness associated with prolonged exposure to silica dust. This illness can develop over just a few weeks of exposure to this dangerous dust.