We recently discussed the health risks that are inherent to heat exposure for those working outdoors in San Diego and neighboring communities.
In this post, we wanted to expand on the illness risks that many outdoor workers can face in California.
Biological health hazards for outdoor employees
Those working outdoors in our state often think they are prepared for the dangers they may face. However, many of these workers do not anticipate hazards like the following:
Snake bites: California is home to several venomous snakes such as western rattlesnakes and sidewinders (also known as pit vipers). Bites from these and other snakes can sicken you and, in some cases, threaten your life.
Poisonous plants: Unbeknownst to most people, outdoor workers can suffer the effects of exposure to toxic plants like poodle dog bush and poison oak. While not typically severe, exposure to these plants could affect your ability to work for a time.
Mosquito bites: We realize that you cannot file a workers’ compensation claim just because a mosquito bit you. However, if the insect carried a disease, it could be possible. Three potentially severe diseases mosquitos may carry include the West Nile virus, malaria and the Zika virus.
Those seeking workers’ compensation benefits for illnesses they contracted outdoors may have trouble proving their claim. If you are experiencing difficulty being able to file a workers’ comp claim or if your claim has been denied, consider learning more about California workers’ comp claims. Our website and blog contain many resources for all employees in the state. Please keep reading to learn more.