A large percentage of U.S. adults spend eight or more hours per day at work. For many, the daily duties associated with their occupations can have negative and serious health implications. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ annual report detailing information related to fatal occupational injuries and CareerCast.com’s list of “The Most Stressful Jobs of 2014”, help identify the following jobs as taking a tremendous physical and mental toll on workers.
Due to increased exposure to exhaust fumes and other chemicals, men and women who work in the transportation industry are at an increased risk of developing occupational illnesses like lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Additionally, truck drivers are more likely to be injured or killed in traffic-related accidents and often suffer adverse physical problems related to a sedentary lifestyle.
For U.S. construction workers, regular exposure to moving machinery and equipment, fall hazards and dust and fumes make their industry among the most dangerous for workers. In addition to an increased likelihood of developing occupational illnesses like lung cancer and mesothelioma, construction workers also face an increased risk of suffering workplace injuries related to electrocution and falls.
Even individuals who have so-called desk jobs can develop serious physical conditions and ailments as a result of sitting for long periods of time. The work stations of many individuals who work at desks all day aren’t ergonomically correct. As a result, individuals may suffer from upper and lower back pain as well as shoulder pain or carpal tunnel syndrome. Additionally, some desk jobs are accompanied by stringent deadlines and high client expectations. Individuals in these types of jobs often suffer from stress-related conditions that negatively affect one’s emotional, physical and mental health.
Individuals who suffer a work-related injury or illness should be able to obtain workers’ compensation benefits. In cases where an individual’s employer attempts to refute that an injury or illness stemmed from work-related duties or refuses to cover certain medical costs associated with the treatment of an occupational injury or illness, an individual may choose to consult with an attorney.
Source: Huffington Post, “The Worst Jobs For Your Health,” Jada A. Graves, Sep. 14, 2014