Occupations with highest rates of occupational disease

A data analysis company recently reviewed statistics from the Bureau of Labor and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine what are the most common occupational diseases and in what professions workers are the most likely to become ill.

The most common types of occupational illness were found to be lung disease, heart disease, and cancer.  In addition, researchers found that morticians, coal miners, welders, concrete mixers, pipefitters, firefighters, and pilots were the most likely to contract occupational diseases.

In July, officials declared formaldehyde a carcinogen.  Because morticians often work with formaldehyde, they are more likely to develop leukemia than workers in other professions.  Concrete mixers are at risk of developing silicosis — a lung disease caused by inhaling silica dust often found in concrete.

Coal miners are the most likely to suffer from pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease, and pilots are at risk of developing melanoma from prolonged sun exposure.

If you or someone you love has developed an occupational disease as the result of unhealthy working conditions, contact the Raleigh occupational disease attorneys of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC at 919-851-3311 to learn more about how we can help you file for workers’ compensation.