For years, there has been a debate raging about the potential impact of living near power lines. Many people are worried that living near power lines is unhealthy, but is your health at risk if you live or work close to overhead lines?
Nobody wants to live in fear of poor health or accidents at work, but sometimes, the environment does influence our health. Here is some more helpful information about whether living near power lines is unhealthy.
Fact or fiction: living near power lines is unhealthy
If your home is located near them, you may be wondering whether living near power lines is unhealthy. Like most public health issues, there are two sides to consider. Some experts believe that there is very little threat associated with living near overhead lines, while others suggest that there may be a slightly elevated risk of health complications.
A piece published in the British Medical Journal suggests that research drives us towards the conclusion that there are no major health issues linked to living near power lines. That said, there may be minor risks associated with exposure to electromagnetic fields.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer claims that the most pertinent threat comes in the form of a slightly increased risk of childhood leukaemia.
If you are worried that living near power lines is unhealthy, try not to panic. There are guidelines in place in the UK to control exposure to electromagnetic fields. All homes built in the UK should comply with these guidelines, and therefore you shouldn’t find that living near power lines is unhealthy.
If you work near power lines, and you’re worried about the risk of work injuries or work-related illness, talk to your employer. They may be able to put your mind at ease, or take steps to offer greater protection for workers.
If your employer fails to comply with health and safety guidelines, and you sustain injuries through no fault of your own, you have the right to claim compensation. Work injury compensation could provide a financial cushion if you have to give up work, or reduce your hours.
How can I find out more?
If you’ve been involved in a work accident and your employer was to blame, they should claim liability and you should be able to claim work accident compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline to find out more about making a no-win, no-fee* claim for personal injury compensation.
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Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice