Workplace injuries: Short shadow — high risk


According to the National Cancer Research Institute, heat-related illnesses are not the only threats to which outdoor workers are exposed. A spokesperson says 90% of skin cancers result from preventable ultraviolet exposure, many of the victims are outdoor workers in California and other states. Direct sunlight increases the risk of workplace injuries like skin cancer and cataracts.

Workers at risk of developing skin cancer include agricultural workers, lifeguards, construction workers, postal workers, landscapers and those who do building care and maintenance. Safety authorities say a simple tip to avoid UV exposure is for workers to watch their shadows. While their shadows are taller than them, radiation levels are low, but as soon as they notice that their shadows are shorter than they are, UV radiation is at dangerous levels and best avoided.

Employers in California are urged to encourage workers to apply sunscreen with a high UV index. Workers must be encouraged to take frequent breaks in shady areas, and employers can schedule shifts in the summer to limit time spent outside during the high-risk hours. At the same time, workers must be encouraged to wear eye protection to limit the risks of eye damage.

Although the California workers’ compensation insurance program cover workplace injuries, proving skin cancer that developed over time to be work-related might be challenging. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney might be of significant assistance throughout the claims procedure. Medical expenses and lost wages will likely be substantial, and legal counsel can help to obtain all the applicable benefits under state laws.

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