Injuries From Exposure to Hazardous or Toxic Materials
Construction workers in New York City face arduous and sometimes dangerous work environments. From operating heavy-duty equipment to dealing with hazardous materials, workers must be provided with the proper training and safety materials to complete their job. Particularly when dealing with toxic materials and harsh chemicals, employers and contractors must follow all Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and New York labor laws to keep employees safe. If you have an injury or illness due to exposure to hazardous materials, our attorneys at Leav & Steinberg LLP can help you understand the full extent of the law and defend your rights.
Toxic Materials Exposure Risks in New York
Unfortunately, exposure to chemicals on the job can lead to long-term and even permanent ailments. Dust or fumes in a confined workspace could cause respiratory issues, contact with harsh acids can result in chemical burns, and exposure to asbestos during renovation projects could lead to asbestosis or cancerous mesothelioma. While some injuries will be apparent immediately, other chronic diseases and issues may not show symptoms until much later. In both cases, you should still contact an attorney as soon as symptoms arise to start building a case.
Here are some of the most common culprits on construction sites that can lead to disease or injury:
- Industrial cleaners
- Paints and stains
- Flammable materials
Building a Case After Exposure to Hazardous Materials
In New York, property owners and contractors are responsible for maintaining a reasonably safe work environment according to New York Labor Law Section 240(1). Additionally, New York Industrial Code gives specific instructions for eliminating the risk of exposure to fumes, dust, and exhaust gases. Beyond state law, employers on construction sites must follow OSHA guidelines to safely contain contaminants in the air, including lead, formaldehyde, asbestos, and many other toxic materials. If you have been injured due to chemical exposure, it is very important to work with an experienced attorney to determine who is at fault.
You may be eligible for compensation to cover your medical expenses and pain and suffering, and our attorneys at Leav & Steinberg have helped achieve results for construction workers across the Tri-State area. Our multi-lingual staff will take the time to understand your personal story so we can build a thorough and passionate case. Please get started with a free consultation today and explore our FAQs to learn more about the personal injury claims process.