Severe lung disease in the workplace relates to a number of dreadful and debilitating lung diseases that arise due to chemical, vapor, dust, metal, mold or other hazardous substance exposure. Exposure can damage or destroy the airways (bronchi and bronchioles, which lead to COPD, Emphysema, Asthma or Bronchiolitis Obliterans), the pleura (asbestosis, mesothelioma), or the alveoli and tissue around the alveoli air sacs (black lung, silicosis, beryllium lung disease, as well as many other hypersensitivity pneumonitis and pneumoconiosis lung diseases). These diseases manifest in a number of ways, including rapid failure (acute respiratory distress syndrome, or ARDS), difficulty inhaling as a result of granulomas or fibrosis, difficulty exhaling air due to airway obstruction, or cancer.
Predictably, some employers place workers in harm’s way more frequently than others, and as a result, those workers are more likely to develop severe lung disease if they work in certain professions. Examples include:
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