Scientists and doctors have not yet determined what exactly causes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in construction workers. However, it is thought that dust, air pollution, and fumes from certain chemicals may cause the condition. Accordingly, it may be possible for construction workers to protect themselves against this dangerous condition with the help of construction employers.
Protect Yourself from COPD and Other Respiratory Diseases
Since it is unknown exactly what, other than tobacco, causes COPD, it is important to protect your lungs from as many elements as possible. Thus, it may be important to:
- Wear a mask that fits properly.
- Make sure that there is adequate ventilation.
- Inquire about your employer's dust control and air monitoring activities.
- Know what chemicals and other agents are being used on your construction site.
- Change out of your work clothes before going home or leaving the construction site.
Of course, you should also get a prompt medical exam if you develop any symptoms of COPD or other respiratory disease.
Contact a New York Construction Illness Attorney if You Develop COPD
If you have COPD that is unrelated to smoking tobacco, then it is important to contact an experienced New York City construction accident attorney for help. Your lawyer will work hard to determine what caused your illness and to help you get the fair and just recovery that you deserve. For more information, please call our New York construction injury lawyers today at 1-800-362-9329 and please find out more about how to protect your rights in our FREE publication, Hurt in a Construction Accident? You're Not Alone.