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Exposure to radiation in the workplace

| May 4, 2021 | Workers' Compensation

Workers must be cognizant of the dangers they face on every shift. From single-accident injuries and repetitive stress damage to exposure to toxic and harmful chemicals, workers in various industries can suffer debilitating injuries and life-threatening conditions based on numerous workplace factors.

Employees in several fields are in “at-risk” occupations. These are occupations where certain hazards pose a greater danger than in other jobs. For example, construction workers are at greater risk for falls and crush injuries. Many occupations are at risk for dangerous levels of ionizing radiation.

Workers who are exposed to ionizing radiation can suffer a broad array of health effects, including skin reddening, cancer, sterility (temporary or permanent), cataracts and genetic mutations that can be transmitted to offspring. Some of the occupational settings where workers are likely to be exposed to ionizing radiation sources include:

  • Medical, dental and healthcare facilities with active X-ray and computed tomography (CT scan) machines
  • Nuclear power plants including reactors, cooling towers and support facilities
  • Research laboratories
  • Heavy industry
  • Security operations
  • High-altitude in-flight operations

While many people assume that radiation is an exposure risk in only high-tech or futuristic settings, these industries and many others rely on radiation sources as a critical aspect of daily operations.

It is crucial that the workplace maintains safety standards to protect workers. From training and education to warning signs and proper shielding, workers can be kept safe from deadly exposure. If you were exposed or you have lost a loved one due to dangerous ionizing radiation exposure, it is wise to discuss your situation with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who can provide the guidance and answers you need.

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