Generally speaking, anyone working on a military base understands that this can be a dangerous profession. This is true even if you’re a civilian contractor who is being sent overseas. You might not be in the military, but you understand that being on a base could expose you to dangers dealing with the armed conflict in the area.
This is all true, and you do need to be wary of these risks. But it’s also important to note that a lot of injuries that people suffer on military bases have absolutely nothing to do with conflict. Let’s look at some examples of how these injuries really take place.
One thing to remember is that there are various environmental factors that could harm you, and you may not be able to avoid these hazards. Someone working around heavy machinery and vehicles, for instance, could suffer hearing loss. Those who are stationed overseas could also be exposed to various chemical hazards, contaminated water, air contamination and much more.
Next, remember that a lot of the tasks that need to be performed on a military base are physical in nature and that this can be a difficult job in the same way that it is physically difficult to work on a construction site or in a warehouse. A lot of people suffer from strains and sprains, for example, or they might suffer from ankle and knee injuries. It could be as simple as trying to pick up a heavy item and throwing out your back. There are always hazards when doing physical work.
Mental and emotional issues
Finally, there are various mental and emotional issues that can happen, even when physical injuries are limited or not present. Simply being away from their family can be hard for some who have to spend extended time on military bases. Others may see fellow soldiers or workers become injured, perhaps in a combat situation. Even when not injured themselves, this can still take a drastic toll on them mentally and emotionally. It could even lead to the development of disorders like PTSD.
What options do you have?
If you have been injured in any capacity on a military base, it’s important to understand the Defense Base Act and how it may be able to help you. Be sure you know what legal steps to take.