Occupational Toxic Torts
Toxic substances are commonly used for a wide range of applications, including manufacturing and refinement processes, and certain occupations put employees at an increased risk of exposure to dangerous chemicals that can cause serious health problems. Employers in these industries are responsible for helping reduce the risk of chemical accidents by adhering to strict safety protocol, but not all companies give this important duty the attention it deserves. If an employee is involved in a workplace incident involving a spill or contamination event, the negligent employer at fault may be held accountable for the worker’s damages.
Chemical Exposure Hazards on the Job
If a company’s employees are required to handle or work near potentially dangerous chemicals, the employer should take steps to lessen the risk of chemical accidents. Should they ignore this responsibility, the following safety failures may result in severe chemical accidents:
- Not providing gloves, suits, eye protection, or other safety gear for employees directly handling chemicals
- Failing to properly train employees in safety protocol or how to handle certain materials
- Failing to maintain or repair containment or carrying vessels
- Failing to establish clear safety guidelines and protocols
If an employee is injured in an incident involving toxic materials, he or she can suffer injuries including severe burns, respiratory issues, and other health problems associated with exposure. However, the victim should not be forced to bear the cost of these damages without full, generous compensation.
If you or someone you love has been exposed to toxic materials at work because of an employer’s negligence, there may be legal options available for your household to pursue financial compensation for the costs associated with those injuries. For a no-cost, no-obligation consultation regarding your next steps in filing a personal injury lawsuit, contact a occupational toxic torts attorney from Hach & Rose, LLP, at (212) 779-0057 today.