A brain cancer study at a Rohm & Haas research center concluded that the number of employees who died of that illness was higher than should be expected. According to a Philadelphia Inquirer article, a study found that that rate was 1.88 times the level in the general population (U.S.) and the death rate at the Spring House location was 2.02 times the prevalence in PA.
In 2008, there were 127 workers nationally who died of an exposure to caustic, noxious, or allergenic substances. Exposure to deadly chemicals can seriously impact an individual’s well being. Occupational exposure to substances can slowly but surely render an otherwise healthy individual permanently affected by acute or chronic injury.
Chemical exposure in the workplace can take on a variety of forms. The use of hazardous materials can create dust and fumes that are breathed into the body, permanently damaging the lungs and slowly debilitating an individual’s health. Chemicals can cause skin damage if handled improperly, especially if an employee is not properly trained on how to handle them. Regardless of how one is exposed to toxic materials, those materials can cause brain danger, can induce cancer, and may even lead to death. Employers have a legal obligation to protect their employees, and this protection is supposed to come in the form of proper training, building facilities that are up to code, and necessary care and planning always taken every time dangerous materials are handled in the work place.
If you’ve been injured while on-the-job by dangerous materials, the experienced Philly chemical exposure attorneys at Cherry Fieger & Marciano, LLP will fight to restore your rights as an employee, and will seek compensatory damages on your behalf to assist with the costs such as medical bills, lost wages, and physical therapy. If your employer was negligent, they may be held liable for failing to protect their employees against chemical exposure and other preventable dangers. Call today for a free consultation.