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You use a jackhammer regularly. It is an efficient way to get through stone, brick, or concrete. However, silica may be among the particles released from the stone, brick, concrete, or other substance that you are jackhammering. Accordingly, it is important to protect yourself from inhaling the silica so that you can do your best to prevent the development of serious lung diseases such as silicosis.
You can't avoid heavy lifting. It is part of your job. If you aren't willing to lift heavy materials and/or equipment, then it could be difficult to find work in the construction industry. However, just because it is part of your job does not mean that there aren't risks involved. Heavy lifting can cause serious injuries. It is important to be aware of those injuries so that you can get the medical and legal help that you need to recover.
Yes you are! In 2009 the U.S. Supreme Court decided that any employer not taking care of staff illnesses would be fined and expected to pay sick crewmembers. Additionally no ocean marine programs are allowed to cover these costs; therefore the money would be coming directly out of the employer's pocket.