Toxic Exposure In the Workplace
If you work in manufacturing, medicine, agriculture, or construction, there is a good chance that you are regularly exposed to potentially dangerous chemicals. Ideally, your employer will provide notice to you regarding the chemicals to which you’re being exposed, and make clear how to avoid being injured by this exposure. Sadly, employers do not always have their employees’ best interests at heart, and they may believe that providing their workers with adequate protection from exposure to dangerous chemicals simply cuts too deeply into their bottom line. If you’ve been injured after being exposed to dangerous toxins or chemicals on the job site in New Jersey, you may have a claim for damages to help you cover the costs of these injuries. Discuss your claims with skilled personal injury lawyer Andrew R. Jacobs to explore your legal options after a workplace injury.
You deserve to know what chemicals are present at your workplace
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established extensive rules governing employee protection from hazardous chemical exposure in the workplace. You have a right under the law to have as little exposure as possible to hazardous materials. Likewise, you have a right under federal regulation to know which toxic chemicals are present at your workplace and what effects those chemicals might have on your health.
Fields where workers are particularly vulnerable to toxic exposure include:
- Automotive shops
- Dry cleaners
- Welders and metalworkers
- Construction and demolition sites, especially of older buildings containing asbestos or lead paint
Employers must take precaution to ensure you are protected from toxic exposure
Many employers know that they have a duty to provide safety equipment such as facial masks, hazmat suits, and gloves in order to protect worker safety, but they simply don’t take the time or expense to provide all necessary equipment. For especially dangerous materials, employers are required to explore substitutes for those chemicals, or to change processes used in the workplace in order to minimize employee contact with these toxins. Again, the cost of taking these measures often stops corporations from following federal regulations designed to keep you free from illness or injury.
If you or someone you love has been exposed to dangerous substances while on the job in New Jersey, seek experienced legal assistance to make sure that you’re fully compensated for your costly medical expenses, lost wages or earning capacity, and long-term care. Contact the knowledgeable, experienced workplace injury attorney Andrew R. Jacobs for a consultation on your claims, at 973-532-9681.