Oxygen Deficiency and Workers Compensation
Oxygen deficiency, n.e.c. is one of the classifications in the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) of the Bureau of Labor Statistics for what brings about a job related injury to a worker.
When a worker is injured in an accident on the job, what caused the injury is put under one of these classifications in the OIICS.
Workers under normal atmospheric pressure conditions normally breathe air that is 20.9 percent oxygen by volume. However, people instantly start to feel the effects when the concentration of oxygen decreases by only barely more than 1 to 2 percent. In oxygen environments where the volume of oxygen is 15 to 19 percent, healthy workers are not able to work strenuously, and workers with pulmonary, circulatory or coronary disease may begin to experience signs and symptoms.
When the volume of oxygen is down to 10 to 12 percent, things like lips turning blue, impairment in judgment and increase in respiration take place. At 8 to 10 percent oxygen, fainting and unconsciousness start to occur. At 6 to 8 percent oxygen, death takes place in 8 minutes. However, recovery can be brought about in 4 to 5 minutes if oxygen is restored.
These values are approximations. There can be great variations. These are determined by a worker’s specific working environment, health and physical activity.
Oxygen deficiency, n.e.c. is a classification that is used when a worker suffers injury from oxygen deficiency. However, what brought about the oxygen deficiency is not elsewhere classified (n.e.c.) in some other category.
Oxygen deficiency, n.e.c. can result from natural gas lines, process valves, leaking materials from storage tanks and other things that release gas that displaces oxygen in confined spaces or poorly ventilated areas. Corrosion like rust, fermentation or other types of oxidation consume oxygen. Decomposing organic matter, such as plant, animal or human waste, makes carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, carbon dioxide and methane that consume or displace oxygen.
Types of Jobs With Higher Risk of Oxygen Deficiency, N.E.C. Injury
There are jobs that involve a higher risk of injury due to oxygen deficiency, n.e.c.. Some of these are:
- Chemical workers
- Refinery workers
- Mine workers
- Laboratory workers
- Storage tank workers
- Pipeline workers
- Sewer workers
Possible Injuries Sustained From Oxygen Deficiency, N.E.C.
Serious, life-threatening injuries and death may result from oxygen deficiency, n.e.c.. Some of these include:
- Brain damage
- Neurological injuries
- Pulmonary injuries
- Problems with concentration
- Problems with judgment
Can I Get Workers Comp for my Injuries From Oxygen Deficiency, N.E.C.
What is most important to you is,
Can I get workers comp for my injuries that were caused by oxygen deficiency, n.e.c.?
Or, you may have lost a loved one in a work related oxygen deficiency, n.e.c. accident, and you would like to know if you are eligible to receive workers comp death benefits?
The answer to both of these questions is, "Yes," you are eligible for workers comp benefits or workers comp death benefits. If you are having difficulty getting these benefits, the best thing to do is to contact a workers comp attorney.