Chemical & Toxic Exposure
HAVE YOU BEEN EXPOSED TO HARMFUL CHEMICALS AT WORK?
In 2015, there were 215 fatal workplace injuries due to exposure to a harmful substance. Every year, workers are killed by an exposure to toxic chemicals due to the negligence of their employer. When employers fail to protect their workers, they must be held accountable for the damages that they caused. On the job injuries caused by toxic chemicals are not always fatal, but they may leave individuals with permanent injuries, disabilities, or scarring.
INJURIES CAUSED BY WORKPLACE TOXIC CHEMICAL EXPOSURE
Exposure to chemical and toxic substances can result in a multitude of adverse health effects, including:
- Skin irritation and infections
- Eye irritation and blindness
- Lung diseases
- Brain injuries
- Breathing issues
- Chemical burns
- Radiation illnesses
- Birth defects
As such, federal authorities have ordered strict regulations on the handling and storage of toxic and harmful substances. Unfortunately, employers may not always do all they can to ensure these regulations are followed, putting employees and contractors at risk.
WHO IS AT RISK OF CHEMICAL AND TOXIC EXPOSURE AT WORK?
No matter where you work, if a company or worker acts negligently, you could be exposed to harmful toxins. Some occupations have a higher risk of chemical and toxic exposure than others, including:
- Railroad workers
- Construction workers
- Oilfield and refinery workers
- Mill workers
- Manufacturing factory workers
Workers should feel safe at their workplace, and it is the company’s responsibility to keep them safe. When employers fail to follow safety procedures and regulations, workers get hurt.
COMMON CAUSES OF CHEMICAL AND TOXIC EXPOSURE
Improper exposure can be caused by the following:
- Improper labeling
- Poor ventilation
- Poor administrative control
- Lack of protective equipment
- Inadequate training
- Improper storage practices
- Faulty tools and equipment
COMMONLY FOUND TOXIC CHEMICALS IN THE WORKPLACE
Four of the most common harmful toxins include asbestos, benzene, beryllium, diacetyl, and diesel exhaust.
- Asbestos — fibrous mineral widely used for its insulative properties that has been found to cause traumatic damage to the lungs, including mesothelioma and cancer
- Benzene — chemical found in crude oil and used in the production of plastics that has been confirmed to cause cancer in humans
- Beryllium — lightweight metal found in objects ranging from golf clubs to jet engine blades that has been found to cause an incurable, chronic lung disease
- Diacetyl – a chemical used to give butter-like flavor to food products (mainly popcorn) that has been linked to lung disease referred to as “popcorn lung.”
- Diesel exhaust — gaseous byproduct of fuel combustion that contains several known carcinogenic compounds and has been linked to lung cancer and bladder cancer
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED WORKPLACE INJURY ATTORNEY
If you or a loved one have been injured or developed an illness after being exposed to chemicals and toxins at work, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced personal injury lawyers will take immediate action on your case and ensure that is handled effectively and efficiently from the beginning. We understand how a workplace injury can affect an individual physically, emotionally, and financially. At Thomas J. Henry, we don’t charge a fee unless we win your case.
With the backing of extensive legal and financial resources, our attorneys will develop your case to its greatest potential and put you in position to achieve the compensation you deserve. Call us today for a free legal consultation. Our firm has offices in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.