There are many occupations, however, which require workers to spend some or all of their day outside and subject to the full force of environmental conditions.
Agricultural workers, road construction teams, and people who work in different capacities on construction projects, for instance, are just a few of those persons whose occupational demands may involve hefty doses of environmental exposure.
Without proper training or in the absence of adequate equipment and supervision, this can result in severe injury or illness.
Under many circumstances, a worker who suffers ill health effects as a consequence of environmental factors may be able to file a claim to receive workers' compensation benefits.
The primary qualifications that must be met in order to warrant a workers' compensation claim are that an injury or illness occurred as a direct result of the execution of one's job-related duties and that medical attention was necessary and one more shifts were missed due to the injury.
There is to be no regard for fault except in cases of extreme negligence and recklessness.
But despite the intended simplicity of receiving the financial benefits to which an individual is legally entitled, there are often complications introduced by employers or workers' compensation insurance companies who are seeking to protect their own financial interests.
The Consequences of Work-related Environmental Exposure The reason that prolonged exposure to heat, cold, wind, and rain is so problematic is that the body is not able to adequately cope with it.
Over the course of a full-time workweek, workers may spend a much greater period of time in the elements than is reasonably advisable for the sake of one's health.
Carrying out intense physical labor under the conditions created by very hot, very cold, or otherwise potentially hazardous environmental circumstances can cause the following health problems:
- Severe sunburns or skin cancer
- Extreme dehydration
- Dangerous fungal infections and extensive tissue damage
- Heart attack
- Heightened risk of bone fractures and amputations in extreme cold
- Lightning strike injuries
To learn more, contact the Des Moines workers' compensation attorneys of LaMarca & Landry, P.