If you work in construction, you could face many different hazards while performing your job duties. Falls, electrical accidents and dangerous machinery account for many serious injuries, and it is also important to pay attention to the risks you face if you become exposed to toxic chemicals at work.
Many construction workers have suffered devastating injuries due to chemical exposure, and some of these incidents result in the loss of life. Unfortunately, a lot of dangerous chemicals used on construction sites are not regulated.
Construction work and hazardous chemicals
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, those working on construction sites often become exposed to toxic chemicals that could pose a threat to their health. In fact, OSHA reports that chemical exposure in the workplace accounts for over 190,000 illnesses and 50,000 fatalities every year.
The impact of chemical exposure
Becoming exposed to toxic chemicals at work could affect you in various ways. In addition to cancer, chemicals can cause a wide range of diseases that affect a worker’s lungs, brain, skin, heart, stomach and reproductive system. It is pivotal for construction company owners as well as workers to identify risks associated with certain chemicals, strive to use safer chemicals and take steps to avoid dangerous exposure.
If you face challenges as a result of chemical exposure, you need to carefully focus on your recovery. In some instances, these accidents occur as a result of the negligence of another party. If you sustained an injury after becoming exposed to dangerous chemicals as a result of a careless employer or contractor, take a firm stand for your rights.