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Is your job causing heart disease, depression or other illnesses?

More than 3 million U.S. workers suffered nonfatal work illnesses and injuries in 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. To improve these numbers, the National Institutes of Health Total Worker Health program recommends that employers consider more ways to keep workers healthy. By addressing issues such as employee stress levels, working conditions and work schedules, employers could improve the health and safety of their employees.

Total Worker Health also promotes the idea of recognizing that work can cause health problems such as heart disease, depression, sleep disorders and obesity. Many employers have traditionally been reluctant to consider that these health issues may be work-related.

In fact, most people tend to think of work injuries as traumatic injuries: broken bones, burns, brain injuries, amputations. These are life-changing injuries, but they are not the only type of injuries workers can suffer. Less obvious but dangerous occupational diseases also affect workers every day.

Occupational illnesses and injuries occur when workers are exposed to unhealthy working conditions for prolonged periods. Nearly any industry or occupation can result in occupational diseases, including truck driving, construction, health care, office work, factory work and warehouse work. Some of the most common occupational injuries and illnesses are:

  • Repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendinitis
  • Lower back injuries
  • Joint injuries
  • Inhalation injuries and asthma
  • Toxic exposure
  • Skin rashes or diseases
  • Heart disease and hypertension

It is important to know that you can get workers' compensation for these types of illnesses and injuries. Sometimes, occupational disease claims are challenging, but experienced workers' compensation lawyers know how to present the right medical evidence with your claim. Learn more by discussing your work injury with an attorney.

Source:, "Pathways to Prevention: Total Worker Health - What's Work Got to Do With It?," December 9-10, 2015

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