Workers in Missouri have to face job hazards at times, though they don’t always come in the form of accidents or injuries. Job-related illnesses are harder to pinpoint for various reasons, but they still affect people like you all across the state.
Haz-Map, a site dedicated to mapping out both occupational diseases and hazardous chemicals, has a collection of the annual illness statistics pertaining to workers. For example, there were 123,190 cases of systemic diseases reported. This includes:
- Central nervous system inflammation
- Blood and blood-forming organ related illnesses
- Pneumonia and extrinsic asthma
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Toxic polyneuropathy
These are just some of the diseases, as this particular chart only covers specific conditions and illnesses that involved people taking days off from their work due to the nature of the ailment. Diseases of blood and blood-forming organs were the lowest with only 16 cases, while Carpal Tunnel Syndrome was the highest with 29,937 cases.
Other statistics printed in the following year, 1997, show that estimates of death caused by illness were at 60,300 people. This included cancer, chronic respiratory disease, pneumoconiosis, renal disorders, cardiovascular or cerebrovascular illness, and nervous system disorders. Another estimate put the total number of illnesses somewhere between 439,002 and 862,200 people. Many of these illnesses came from coronary heart disease, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or cerebrovascular illnesses.
Some work fields have more risk of illness than others. Go into your job understanding what the risks associated with your line of work are. That way, you will be able to keep track of your own personal health and compare it to the known statistics, allowing you to predict potential issues with greater accuracy.