Employees have the right to safe working conditions and protective equipment. The law requires employers to take considerable steps to make sure employees are provided with all the necessary equipment. Workplace injuries are common in industrial environments, and employees have the right to claim compensation if they get injured. Some industries are more dangerous than others and may have a bad effect on the health of the employees. Workplace illnesses are caused due to unsafe working conditions. In most cases, workplace illnesses are caused due to exposure to unsafe working conditions for long periods of time.
People working inside coal mines often complain about a respiratory disease called black lung disease, also known coal workers' pneumoconiosis. The disease is caused by long-term exposure to coal dust. The inhaled coal dust enters into the lungs and cannot be expelled from the body. This leads to inflammation, fibrosis and breathing problems. The disease progresses over time and shows different symptoms. These include mild coughing and mucus formation, breathing issues, shortness of breath and airway obstruction.
Employees working at coal mines can be protected from black lung disease. Providing them with protective masks reduces the exposure to coal dust. Mine owners must also make sure that all mines are properly ventilated to allow fresh air to enter. Miners might not suffer from black lung disease if proper safety precautions are taken.
If you have been diagnosed with black lung disease due to your working conditions, you might be able to claim compensation. It is important to hire an experienced attorney who can prove that your safety rights were violated by the employer.