Kansas workers face danger on nearly every shift no matter the occupation. From warehouse work and office jobs to heavy industry and construction work, every job carries the risk of injury, illness or a devastating condition. While these injuries might often be the result of a single accident such as falling down stairs or slipping on a slick surface, the damage might be the direct result of toxic exposure.
Depending on the occupation, workers could be exposed to strong solvents, detergents and other chemicals that can prove harmful to the human body. Silica dust, for example, or asbestos fibers can get into the body and cause serious conditions such as silicosis, mesothelioma or lung cancer. Workers can face exposure to toxic materials in three main ways:
- Inhalation: Whether it is dust, fumes or other particulate matter, workers might breathe the toxic substance directly into the body. The material can become lodged in the lungs, causing damage that worsens over time. Workers might suffer conditions such as occupational asthma or asbestosis.
- Ingestion: Whether splashed into the mouth or transferred from the hands, the worker could ingest the dangerous materials. Swallowing the toxic material could damage the mouth, esophagus or the stomach lining. Additionally, the material might get into the blood stream and spread to the internal organs.
- Skin contact: When these toxic materials come in direct contact with the skin, they can cause serious conditions. The site might become blistered, red, painful or swollen. Worse, the material might permeate the skin, causing damage to underlying tissue.
Depending on several factors, employees might struggle with serious injuries and life-long conditions following exposure to a toxic material. The variable factors can include:
- The type of material
- The type of exposure
- The duration of exposure
- Protective gear or other mitigating factors
- The potential of additional, secondary exposure
Based on these factors, workers could face lung conditions, damage to the internal organs, tissue damage and skin disease. Additionally, numerous forms of cancer could result from exposure to truly deadly materials. If you were exposed to toxic materials or dangerous chemicals in the workplace, it is wise to explore your options for monetary compensation.