As many of the previous postings in this blog have discussed, there are
numerous workers in Pittsburgh who are exposed to dangers in the workplace
each day. These dangers can lead to a workplace injury. When an employee
is injured on the job, he or she is often entitled to
workers' compensation. However, workers' compensation settlements are not limited to the
physical injuries of an injured worker. Some workers may also be able
to recover workers' compensation benefits due to the onset of an occupational disease.
Recent studies at the University of Pittsburgh show that shift work can
lead to an increased risk of developing diabetes. Shift work was defined
in the study as working past 9:00 in the evening on a non-overtime basis.
The findings were alarming. According to the study, any amount of shift
work, even if it is for a short period of time, is connected to a higher
risk of diabetes.
The researchers studied adults who were 65 years of age and older. The
individuals were put into five groups according to the varying levels
of shift work they had performed in their lives. The groups ranged from
employees who performed absolutely no shift work to those who performed
over 20 years of shift work.
The findings of the research study show that those who had performed shift
work in the past had higher rates of diabetes and a higher body mass index
(BMI). For those workers with a pre-existing high BMI who had performed
shift work, the chance of diabetes doubled. Even more alarming, those
individuals with a healthy BMI who had performed shift work were still
1.4 times more likely to develop diabetes. As if this all isn't alarming
enough, researchers determined that the risk of diabetes was the same
no matter how much shift work had been performed (whether it was one year
or over 20 years.)
It is important that those who are suffering from a disease that has resulted
from their occupation receive the compensation to which they are entitled.
If a resident of Pittsburgh is wondering whether he or she is entitled
to workers' compensation for a disease that they believe to have been
caused by their work environment, they should take the time to determine
what type and how much compensation they will be able to recover.
Source: Huffington Post, "Even Some Shift Work May Raise Diabetes Risk," Oct. 8, 2013