Toxic Chemical Exposure in the Workplace

Workers in manual labor industries are some of the most vulnerable individuals in the United States. As evidenced by data compiled by the Occupational Health & Safety Administration, these risk-heavy occupations such as manufacturing, mining, and construction leave workers vulnerable to a host of different hazards, leaving as many as 3 million individuals injured or ill in 2014. Among these hazards common in these workplaces is toxic chemical exposure.

There are many toxic substances to which workers can be exposed while on the job. Some of the most commonly used substances in high-risk occupations include chloroform, benzene, mercury, trichloroethylene, nickel, asbestos, and cadmium metal. Prolonged exposure to these chemicals can lead to different medical conditions, many of them chronic and easily fatal. Because of toxic chemical exposure, many workers develop diseases like Hodgkin’s disease, mesothelioma, leukemia, and some other types of cancers. These substances can also cause people to get injured at work. Accidents involving these chemicals can lead to severe third to fourth degree chemical burns that could leave victims temporarily or permanently disabled.

Considering these consequences, combating prolonged exposure to harmful substances should remain a priority in workplaces across America. Fortunately, there are several precautions that employers can take to protect the well-being of their workforce. Providing workers with proper safety gear and equipment is one easy way to do this. Reducing worker exposure through rotating shifts can also be a helpful method. Designating specific areas solely for use of harmful substances can also help protect workers from risk factors.

All in all, however, it’s clear that employers have the responsibility to create a safe working environment for everyone in their employ. Employers that fail to provide this basic standard are at risk of being found negligent. Workers that become injured due to lack of proper safety protocols in the handling of toxic substances may turn to a legal professional to ask about filing a civil case against their employer.

On-the-Job Car Accidents

Fearing a car accident can be a constant worry if your job requires you to be on the road. This mainly concerns commercial truck drivers, employed to supply necessary services by way of transporting goods (either raw or finished) over long distances. Driving heavy trucks for long periods of time exposes a truck driver to many risks and dangers, and these can accumulate to cause truck or car accidents which can be devastating.

According to Pohl & Berk, LLP, there could be numerous mistakes that can bring about potential truck accidents. Among them are distracted driving, failure to follow traffic signs and signals, and intoxication. However, one of the top causes of truck accidents is drowsiness while driving. Drowsiness while driving is often compared to being intoxicated, and could likely cause serious damages and injuries.

On a recent research conducted by the University of Minnesota, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is one of the causes of sleep deprivation for truck drivers. Although federal law does state a minimum amount of rest for truck drivers, those who are suffering from OSA lack “restful” sleep and can suffer from decreased oxygen intake, which in turn makes them feel tired and drowsy the next day. OSA coupled with shifting schedules of driving and sleeping can be a dangerous combination that can end in disaster.

Because of the sheer weight and size of commercial truck, injuries from truck accidents can be overwhelming. Among the serious injuries that can occur are traumatic brain injuries. Serious head injuries can affect a person’s life, and could hinder their way of living. An article on the website of Robert Wilson & Associates, head and brain injuries not only cause physical and emotional trauma, the life-long treatment can be financially hard to keep up with. This situation can be made even harder if the car accident was not your fault, but cause by another person’s negligence or carelessness.

Truck drivers, along with every other motorist, should be aware of the dangers that come with getting behind the wheel. Despite the strong advocacies about safe driving and aggressive traffic enforcements, you can’t control the way other drivers drive their vehicles. Therefore, the only way to ensure safety while driving is to stay healthy, alert, and practice defensive driving.

If you have been injured in a truck accident due to a truck driver’s negligence, contact the truck accident attorneys of KFF Law, today. You shouldn’t have to suffer through this alone, and an experienced truck accident attorney will be able to guide you through the complexities of your case.