Labor and Labor Relations

Workers' Compensation – Occupational Diseases

SECTION 28-34-2

§ 28-34-2 Occupational diseases listed – Treatment as compensable injury.

The disablement of any employee resulting from an occupational disease or condition described in the following schedule shall be treated as the happening of a personal injury, as defined in § 28-33-1, within the meaning of chapters 29 – 38 of this title, and the procedure and practice provided in those chapters shall apply to all proceedings under this chapter, except where specifically provided otherwise in this chapter:

(1) Anthrax.

(2) Arsenic poisoning or its sequelae.

(3) Brass or zinc poisoning or its sequelae.

(4) Lead poisoning or its sequelae.

(5) Manganese poisoning.

(6) Mercury poisoning or its sequelae.

(7) Phosphorous poisoning or its sequelae.

(8) Poisoning by wood alcohol.

(9) Poisoning by carbon bisulphide, methanol, naphtha, or volatile halogenated hydrocarbons, or any sulphide, or its sequelae.

(10) Poisoning by benzol, or nitro-, hydro-, hydroz-, amido derivatives of benzol (dinitrobenzol, anilin, and others), or its sequelae.

(11) Poisoning by carbon monoxide.

(12) Poisoning by nitrous fumes or its sequelae.

(13) Poisoning by nickel carbonyl or its sequelae.

(14) Dope poisoning (poisoning by tetrachlormethane or any substance used as or in conjunction with a solvent for acetate or cellulose or nitrocellulose or its sequelae).

(15) Poisoning by formaldehyde and its preparations.

(16) Chrome ulceration or its sequelae or chrome poisoning.

(17) Epitheliomatous cancer or ulceration of the skin, or of the corneal surface of the eye, due to tar, pitch, bitumen, mineral oil, or paraffin or any compound, product, or residue of any of these substances.

(18) Glanders.

(19) Compressed air illness or its sequelae.

(20) Miner's disease, including only cellulitis, bursitis, ankylostomiasis, tenosynovitis, and nystagmus.

(21) Cataract in glassworkers.

(22) Radium poisoning or disability due to radioactive properties of substances or to Roentgen rays (X-rays).

(23) Methyl chloride poisoning.

(24) Poisoning by sulphuric, hydrochloric, or hydrofluoric acid.

(25) Respiratory, gastrointestinal, or physiological nerve and eye disorders due to contact with petroleum products and their fumes.

(26) Disability arising from blisters or abrasions.

(27) Hernia, clearly recent in origin and resulting from a strain arising out of and in the course of employment and promptly reported to the employer.

(28) Infection or inflammation of the skin or eyes or other external contact surfaces or oral or nasal cavities due to oils, cutting compounds, or lubricants, dusts, liquids, fumes, gases, or vapors.

(29) Dermatitis (venenata).

(30) Disability arising from bursitis or synovitis.

(31) Disability arising from frostbite.

(32) Disability arising from silicosis or asbestosis.

(33) Disability arising from any cause connected with or arising from the peculiar characteristics of the employment.

(34) Disability arising from any cause connected with or arising from ionizing radiation.

(35) Disability arising from pneumoconiosis caused by the inhalation of metallic minerals or mineral particles.

(36) The disablement of an employee resulting from mental injury caused or accompanied by identifiable physical trauma or from a mental injury caused by emotional stress resulting from a situation of greater dimensions than the day-to-day emotional strain and tension which all employees encounter daily without serious mental injury shall be treated as an injury as defined in § 28-29-2(7).

History of Section.
(G.L. 1923, ch. 92, art. 8, § 2; P.L. 1936, ch. 2358, § 9; G.L. 1938, ch. 300, art. 8, § 2; P.L. 1949, ch. 2253, § 1; P.L. 1949, ch. 2282, § 6; P.L. 1954, ch. 3297, § 1; G.L. 1956, § 28-34-2; P.L. 1968, ch. 166, § 1; P.L. 1970, ch. 119, § 1; P.L. 1982, ch. 32, art. 1, § 8.)