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Glossary for Occupational Injuries

  • Accident or injury conditions: Medical conditions caused by accidents or physical injuries.
  • Accidental injury: An injury that occurs accidentally
  • Chemical worker's lung -- Lacquer: Inhalation of a lacquer (which contains isocyanates) in an occupational setting can cause various lung symptoms. The severity of symptoms varies depending on the duration of the exposure. The lung symptoms result from the body's immune system reacting to exposure to the chemical. Chronic exposure can lead to progressive lung symptoms which can gradually lead to symptoms such as weight loss and eventually lung scarring and possibly even respiratory failure in severe cases. Acute exposure results in symptoms such as fever, chills, shortness of breath and body aches.
  • Crush injury: An injury caused by a crushing mechanism
  • Hypovolemia: An abnormal decrease in volume of blood.
  • Insomnia: Insomnia is defined as repeated difficulty with the initiation, duration, maintenance, or quality of sleep that occurs despite adequate time and opportunity for sleep that results in some form of daytime impairment.
  • Pain conditions: Diseases characterized by pain and pain-like symptoms.
  • Physical conditions: Any condition that physically affects an individual
  • Work-related conditions: Medical conditions related to a person's work or occupation, such as workplace chemical exposures.


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