Radiation Exposure Claim *
Radiation exposure claims * are commonly associated with accidents at work * and people are exposed to it as a result of their job and the work they are carrying out. The majority of claims are made for low-level chronic radiation but a small number of people are exposed to high-intensity acute radiation. Radiation exposure can be life changing for all involved and can have a serious impact on their lives and their ability to carry out everyday tasks. There are three types of radiation which you may be exposed to; alpha, beta and gamma radiation.
Alpha Radiation: This can be produced in a number of ways. This is a fast-moving type of radiation particles which have a high energy. Alpha radiation is not very common as they are stopped quickly due to their large mass.
Beta Radiation: This is a high energy and high-speed type of radiation which is emitted from radioactive decay. In certain industries, it is used to monitor the thickness of certain materials such as paper, aluminium and plastic.
Gamma Radiation: This type of radiation interacts with the cells in the body and can make them non-functional if this is in the wrong amounts. If you lose too many cells you can become sick and develop a serious illness which in some cases can lead to a fatality.
As radiation exposure is commonly associated with your occupation, an employer has a duty of care to ensure that they have taken precautionary measures so as to avoid exposure in the workplace. This includes carrying out frequent checks to make sure that all equipment and machinery is working properly. They are also responsible for ensuring that they have provided their staff with the correct protective equipment and training. If you have developed an illness as a result of radiation exposure which was caused as a result of employer negligence then you may be eligible for a legal remedy.
How to Prevent Radiation Exposure
Distance: The further away you are from the source of the radiation the less likely you are to be affected. If you do need to work closer to the source this should only be done for short amounts of time so as to prevent the chances of an illness developing.
Time: If you are exposed to radiation for long periods of time you are more at risk of developing an illness as a result of this. It is important that you only spend limited amounts of time near the source of radiation.
Protective Equipment: If working in an environment where there is a risk of radiation exposure it is important that you are wearing adequate protective equipment at all times. This can help to prevent an illness from developing. This equipment should be provided by your employer but it is the responsibility of the employee to ensure that they wear it throughout the course of their work.
Radiation Exposure Symptoms and Side Effects
- Birth Defects
- Central Nervous System Diseases
- Neurological effects
Radiation Exposure Causes
- Working in nuclear energy industry
- X-rays and other Medical Equipment and machinery
- Nuclear Explosions
- Working in any nuclear industry
- Radioactive Waste
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