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Common Hazardous Materials on Construction Sites

New York’s construction sites can pose extremely hazardous risks to workers, the environment, and bystanders. Fumes, dust, gases, and other materials present on construction sites can harm workers’ overall health and wellbeing. Using protective equipment and following federal, state, and employer guidelines can be your best defense against injury or death.

Chemical Solvents

People working on a construction site

Commonly found in paints, cleaning fluids, and adhesives, solvents can lead to lung damage or impact nerves and brain function if you inhale or come into contact with them without protective gear. Other serious conditions may arise, such as cancer, blindness, or an irregular heartbeat. A construction accident lawyer can help you document your injuries and navigate your options after exposure to dangerous substances on a work site.


Though this substance can be found just about anywhere, repeated exposure to mold on construction sites can lead to allergies, asthma, and other serious respiratory problems. Mold is typically found in damp conditions that don’t receive much direct sunlight; when moisture becomes trapped in a building or on a work site, mold can thrive. If your employer doesn’t instruct workers to use respirators, goggles, and gloves when mold is present, they are violating Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines and can be held liable for damages.

Flammable Materials

Combustible liquids, gases, explosives, and reactive agents are dangerous materials that can endanger the lives of construction workers and people in the local community. Gasoline, fuel oil, kerosene, and linseed oil are all examples of flammable liquids. They should be properly contained and labeled to alert workers of potential fire hazards.

Learn Your Legal Options After a Construction Accident With Leav & Steinberg

Leav & Steinberg LLP has helped construction accident victims throughout New York City hold responsible parties liable for their injuries. If you’ve contracted an illness or suffered an injury as a result of exposure to hazardous materials on a construction site, schedule a free consultation with our legal team to discuss your options for pursuing compensation.