Some workers labor not only for remuneration but also because their love of country is so deep that they are willing to face risks.
In any workplace, there is always the danger of developing some ailment, from muscle pains to serious illnesses like cancer. In a nuclear weapons manufacturing plant, however, that risk is sometimes doubled with the possible development of some occupational lung ailments.
If you are working in a nuclear weapons facility, or have worked there in the past, perhaps you might want to undergo a medical examination. This is to determine if you have somehow developed an occupational lung disease and what to do next.
Unfortunately, those who work with beryllium are at risk for developing a lung condition called chronic beryllium disease. Also referred to as CBD or berylliosis, this disease is characterized by inflammation and nodule growth in your lung tissues. Often, you will not feel anything at an early stage, but a chest x-ray can detect it.
Who are at risk?
Most people who are directly involved in the primary production of nuclear weapons are in danger in varying degrees. But those with tasks that involve reclaiming scrap alloys and metal machining are at greater risk because they are with the highest potential for exposure.
Try to consult legal professionals if you are covered by the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Act and The Radiation Exposure Compensation Act. Under this law, you are entitled to benefits if you have worked in the industries enumerated by the law. Those covered by EEOICPA and RECA can also seek specified care offered by special home health care services.
Former workers at nuclear weapons facilities, particularly those who developed occupational CBD, deserve all the help they can get. Many of them understood the health risks of working in such industry. Despite this, they continued working there primarily because of their conviction in doing something for the country. If you are one of these gallant workers, then you should know you are entitled to additional benefits under the law. It is the least that the government can do for you.