Toxic Chemicals at a Construction Site
Most people know that constructions sites are some of the most dangerous places to work. There are sharp tools, large machinery, electrical wires, and even more hazards in plain sight. However, there are also some dangers that may not be obvious to the naked eye. One of the biggest risks construction workers face is exposure to toxic chemicals.
If you have been injured by toxic chemical exposure, it may be difficult to obtain the financial compensation you need from your employer. Some of the illnesses related to chemical exposure progress gradually, making it a challenge to prove their original cause. Fortunately, the Des Moines workers’ construction accident lawyers at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. are here to help. Call us at 877-327-2600.
Common Hazardous Chemicals
There are many dangerous substances that can be found on the average construction site. Some will cause symptoms right away, like irritation to the eyes or nausea. Others may not have an immediate effect, but will increase your chances of developing cancer later on. Many actually have both short-term and long-term side effects.
Some toxins that can be found on many worksites include:
- Chemical solvents
- Carbon monoxide from machinery
- Industrial cleaners
- Hot tar
If you have been injured by exposure to chemicals like these, our workers’ compensation attorneys will fight for you.
Employers have a very important responsibility to take care of their workers’ safety. You employer may be breaking state and federal laws if they fail to:
- Provide respiratory masks, helmets, and other safety equipment when necessary
- Educate employees about hazardous chemicals
- Avoid exposing workers to dangerous chemicals unnecessarily
Remember, workers also play a role in their own safety. Be sure to use safety equipment and follow regulations at all times. It could save your life.
The Des Moines workplace injury lawyers at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. will put our knowledge and experience to work for you. Contact us at 877-327-2600.