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Construction and demolition work can cause occupational disease

For New Jersey workers who are employed in the construction industry and do renovation and demolition, there are dangers they might face as part of their job. While accidents are often the cause of injuries, medical costs and the need for workers' compensation benefits, workers can also become ill due to exposure to gas, dust and contaminants. It is important for workers to understand recommendations from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, or NIOSH, and assess whether employers put the proper safety procedures in place.

NIOSH has given employers a list of recommendations to ensure the indoor environmental quality, or IEQ, is sufficient for a safe workplace. In a study, worksites were assessed for potential health hazards, and the investigators listed factors that might impact IEQ. They included communication with occupants of the building about the work, building materials that have high emissions and the absence of dust control. These are common concerns with demolition, construction, renovation and repair.

People can be negatively impacted by odors, gases, dusts and more. This can lead to feeling nauseous, having headaches, feeling fatigued, experiencing dizziness and having sinus problems. To reduce the potential risks, employers are encouraged to do the following: keep workers informed and cognizant of the possible dangers, anticipate contaminants being released and warn that they cause health issues, and put controls in place so that workers can be shielded from exposure. Adhering to standards implemented by federal regulators is also key.

Injury and illness on the job can cause major challenges in a person's life. There can be medical expenses, lost income, the inability to work and long-term problems. If a worker has gotten ill due to toxic exposure, an occupational disease or other workplace risks, it might be important to have legal advice when filing for workers' compensation benefits.

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