Los Angeles has the highest level of smog in America, but what are the dangers of smog and are the residents of LA at risk of health problems as a result of air pollution? If you work outdoors in Los Angeles, this may increase your risk of suffering an accident at work or a work-related injury.
What is smog and can it contribute to work-related illness?
The term ‘smog’ was coined to describe a combination of smoke and fog; it is found in large, industrial cities and usually appears as a cloud of dusty, thick fog lying low in the air. Smog can make it difficult to see, but more importantly, it can contribute to health issues, which may be particularly prominent in people who spend a lot of time outdoors as a result of their job, their hobbies, or their interests.
According to research carried out by the American Lung Association, Los Angeles has the highest level of ozone pollution in the USA with more than 100 days a year classified as ‘high ozone days’. The main cause of pollution in the city is the high volume of traffic.
High levels of pollution increase the risk of respiratory disease, lung disorders and heart disease; people who already have an underlying lung or heart condition, and those with a weakened immune system, have the highest risk of harm.
Other factors that may contribute to work injuries
There are many different hazards, which may increase the risk of suffering an injury at work and some workplaces, such as farms, garages and factories, are particularly dangerous. Possible hazards include:
- heavy machinery
- slippery floors and uneven flooring
- driving hazards, such as adverse weather conditions
How does the process of claiming work accident compensation work?
If you’ve been injured at work or you suffer from a work-related illness and you can prove you are not to blame, you may be entitled to claim work injury compensation. To find out if you have a viable claim, call the advisers at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or take the 30-second eligibility test on their website.
Accident Advice Helpline was set up in 2000 to provide clients with assistance in claiming compensation and enable them to get the compensation they deserve without undergoing a long-winded, stressful and complicated claims process.