Many offshore workers are exposed to toxic materials. Toxic exposure doesn’t typically happen suddenly, so it may be difficult to notice. Most often, offshore workers develop illnesses after prolonged exposure to chemicals they encounter at their worksites. Many offshore workers are exposed to benzene, silica, asbestos, and vinyl chloride which can cause a worker to develop mesothelioma or another type of pulmonary/respiratory disease.
•Benzene: This type of chemical takes on many different forms, because it is often used in combination with other chemicals. It may pollute the air at your jobsite through machine exhaust and it may be present in some cleaning supplies. Benzene has been linked to cancer and other illnesses such as a diminished immune system or anemia.
•Silicosis: This is a type of disease that is contracted by prolonged exposure to silica (usually ingested into the lungs). If you are a shipyard worker, you may be exposed to silica by way of sandblasting procedures. When silica dust is inhaled, the lungs react by becoming scarred. This lung scarring may make breathing difficult. Symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, and flu symptoms, among others.
•Vinyl chloride: This particular type of chemical is used to manufacture plastics and exposure may cause cancer and other diseases.
•Asbestos: Many are familiar with asbestos and know that it leads to mesothelioma. If you know you are exposed or think you may be exposed to asbestos at your worksite and do not possess adequate respiratory protection, you shouldn’t be afraid to contact someone to remedy the situation.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as a result of exposure to toxic material, it is very important that you contact a highly skilled, offshore maritime injury lawyer immediately. Learn about your legal rights from an experienced offshore maritime injury attorney by filling out our free, no obligation case review form located on this web site.