For many employees, going to work each day means potential exposure to toxic chemicals. This exposure can lead to serious injuries or even death. The majority of these injuries occur in factories or in locations where dangerous chemicals are used, manufactured, or mined. However, chemical exposure and subsequent injuries can occur anywhere, even in an office building.
Workplaces With Toxic Chemicals Require Proper Safety Equipment
Chemicals often seen on jobsites where injuries occur include asbestos, lead, benzene, pesticides, cadmium, beryllium, mercury, silica, paint, solvents, and acids. If the employee’s personal protective gear and other safety equipment are inadequate, the employee may suffer a chemical exposure injury. The following safety equipment should be used at all times, depending on the type of chemicals that are in use:
- Full body suit
- Exhaust fans
- Other means of ventilation within the workspace
It is important that employees be aware that it is the responsibility of the employer to provide a safe working environment. This includes a duty to ensure that employees have the proper protective gear in place in order to safely work in the environment. When the proper safety equipment is not in use, the employee can suffer a serious injury. This can occur when the toxic chemicals are exposed to the employee via skin contact, breathing in the fumes, or accidentally swallowing the chemical. Injuries can occur even when the chemical exposure occurs only in small amounts.
Victims of chemical exposure in the workplace may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. This compensation may include damages for lost income, medical bills, and pain and suffering. If you were exposed to a chemical while on the job, we are here to help. Our experienced team is available for assistance 24 hours per day. We encourage you to reach out to schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss the details of your injuries and the circumstances surrounding your workplace chemical exposure. Contact us toll-free at 800-237-3334 today.