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Common injuries caused by toxic substances on construction sites

On Behalf of | Feb 7, 2024 | Construction Accidents

Construction sites present various hazards to workers, including exposure to toxic substances that can lead to severe injuries. These injuries can result in physical and financial burdens for affected individuals, who may qualify for compensation due to their damages.

Understanding the common injuries caused by these toxic substances is important for maintaining a safe work environment.

Chemical burns

Toxic substances such as acids, solvents and corrosive materials can cause severe chemical burns upon contact with the skin. These burns can penetrate deep layers of tissue, leading to pain, blistering and long-term scarring.

Respiratory issues

Inhalation of toxic fumes and dust particles, such as those released by asbestos, paints and silica, can result in respiratory problems. Chronic exposure may lead to conditions like asthma, bronchitis and even lung cancer.

Neurological damage

Lead and mercury are toxic substances that have neurotoxic properties. Prolonged exposure to these substances can cause damage to the nervous system, resulting in symptoms like headaches, dizziness, tremors and cognitive impairment.

Skin irritations

Certain pesticides, glues and insulation materials can cause allergic reactions and skin irritations upon contact. These reactions can range from mild itching and redness to more severe dermatitis and eczema.

Eye injuries

Exposure to airborne particles, chemicals or UV radiation from welding activities can cause eye injuries. Corrosive substances can lead to chemical burns, while foreign objects or debris may cause abrasions or lacerations to the eye, potentially resulting in vision loss.

The risks associated with toxic substances on construction sites highlight the need for strict safety protocols and awareness among workers.


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