When you first signed up for a career in construction, you knew the risks of bodily injury. A fall from a ladder, a severed finger, falling objects—all are daily risks of the building trade. But you never expected that your job would make you unable to breathe.
Work-related respiratory disease is a serious Zachry construction injury. These diseases range from treatable to life-threatening, and can cause permanent damage to the lungs.
Construction workers are most likely to suffer from:
- COPD. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a slowly-developing condition that cuts off the airflow to the lungs. The lung tissue becomes inflamed, causing a chronic cough, heavy mucus production, and shortness of breath. While COPD symptoms may be effectively treated, the condition is not reversible.
- Silicosis. Silicosis is another irreversible lung disease, caused by tiny particles of respirable crystalline silica (RCS). These particles tear and inflame the lungs, progressively scarring the lung tissue. The scars, or fibrosis, may be visible on chest X-rays and cause breathing difficulties and a chronic cough. Silicosis can disable a worker, forcing him to change jobs, take early retirement, or even cause premature death.
- Occupational asthma. Wood dust is a major cause of occupational asthma, an allergic reaction that occurs in workers who are exposed to particle substances. They cause a victim’s airways to become hypersensitive, causing coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath; the longer a worker is exposed to the allergen, the greater the risk that he will suffer a sudden asthma attack.
Construction respiratory diseases are unfortunately common, affecting thousands of workers every year. The number of cases may be lower than reported, since many construction workers assume that their breathing conditions are due to age, smoking, or are just not related to their careers.
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