Suffering an injury on the job is a painful reminder of the reason safety protocols are in place. However, they weren't always, and not every workplace is as safe as it should be. Here's a few examples of the ways that you could be hurt on the job if your employer doesn't take the safety procedures necessary seriously. First, if you're an insulator, you could have been exposed to asbestos, solvents or epoxies that could lead to illness. Insulation created before 1975 contains asbestos that can lead to asbestosis. Working with glue solvents can lead to acute solvent syndrome or peripheral neuropathy.
If you are a roofer, you could face a number of other illnesses as well. If you remove roofing shingles, you could face lead poisoning. Or, if you applied asphalt to cables, pipes or roofing, you could face photoirritant dermatitis. Asbestos was also a problem for roofers in the past, so asbestosis is a possibility.