When we think of “dangerous jobs,” our minds may automatically
go to police officers, firemen, loggers, and fishermen, but what a lot
of people don’t realize is that a number of jobs are dangerous because
of what they do to the lungs.
We’re talking about
occupational diseases, such as black lung disease suffered by coal miners,
baker’s asthma and rhinitis, lung cancer, COPD, asthma from exposure to the powder residue
in latex gloves, brown lung disease from exposure to particles released
from cotton and other fabrics, cancer from being exposed to second-hand
smoke in a casino or bar, and COPD from exposure to diesel exhaust.
Which Jobs Are Bad for the Lungs?
Surprisingly, a number of seemingly harmless jobs are actually hazardous
to your health because of how they can affect your lungs. Here are some
of the worst jobs for your lungs:
- Construction workers who inhale dust from renovations or demolitions can
develop lung cancer.
- Factory workers can be exposed to chemicals, dust, and various gases that
can cause COPD.
- Factory workers who work in food plants can be exposed to diacetyl, a flavoring
agent that’s used in wine, popcorn, and some fast food, which can
lead to bronchiolitis obliterans, a sometimes-fatal disease related to COPD.
- Healthcare workers who are exposed to the powder residue from latex gloves
can experience a severe asthma-like reaction.
- People who work in textiles can suffer from brown lung disease, which develops
when they inhale the tiny particles released from fabrics like cotton.
- Bartenders can develop lung disease after being exposed to second-hand
smoke on a regular basis for years.
- Those who work with spray-on paints can experience chest tightness and
they can have severe difficulty breathing.
- Truckers and railroad workers can suffer from COPD after being exposed
to diesel exhaust for extended periods of time.
- Due to dust exposure, coal miners are at risk of COPD.
What Counts as an Occupational Disease in New York?
As you can see, there are a number of occupations that can be dangerous
to the lungs, if not life-threatening and we haven’t listed them
all. If you are having lung trouble due to occupational exposure to
chemicals, gasses, or dust, we urge you to
contact our firm to discuss filing a
workers’ compensation claim.