There have been thousands of instances where an employer has been held liable for exposing their employees to unnecessary risk in the workplace, but they never seem to learn. Workers in demolition, clean-up, mining, and construction companies are especially vulnerable to toxic exposure by the materials they handle and the dust they breathe in.
Toxins are all around us. They are in our homes and schools. Toxic substances occur naturally or are produced artificially and released into the air we breathe and the water we drink. They permeates the meat and vegetables that we eat because they are present in the soil as well. Generally, however, the level of exposure is minimal. While this is not usually good, it is not enough to cause injury or death. However, industrial exposure is different because the volume and frequency of contact is higher.
Toxic exposure can result from skin contact, ingestion, or inhalation. The most recognizable type of toxin is asbestos, but there are other types of toxic exposure. They may not have such a high profile, but they are just as dangerous, such as such as coal fly ash.
One such incident involved cleanup workers at the Kingston Fossil Plant in Tennessee. The workers filed suit against their employer for misleading them about the dangers of fly ash and failing to provide the necessary safety equipment. According to the website of Pohl & Berk LLP, such exposure can have long term effects on the health of workers which could easily be prevented by providing the proper training and gear when handling such toxic materials.
If you have been seriously harmed from toxic exposure in the workplace, your employer is probably liable for it. Contact a reliable toxic exposure lawyer in your state to find out how you can get compensation for your injuries and losses.Learn More