Workplace illnesses and injuries can be caused by a wide variety of hazards, and often these dangers are easily identifiable even if they are not prevented. However, all manner of workplaces can contain hazardous chemicals that you may not realize are harming you. It is important for every Maryland worker to understand the hazards they face at work in order to prevent illness, identify symptoms, and end their harm.
Hazardous chemicals can enter the body by being inhaled, absorbed through the skin, or ingested. While these may seem obvious, it is easy for such incidents to occur without the knowledge of workers as these chemicals may be in the most unlikely places. Common hazardous chemicals that you may be exposed to in the workplace include: asbestos (causing mesothelioma), ammonia (burning and blistering), toluene (allergic reaction), strong acids (rashes and irritations), car monoxide (poisonous and deadly), and carbon dioxide (can cause asphyxiation).
Many workers may believe that such dangerous substances would only be present at construction sites or other manual labor sites. While this is a common site for such exposure, even offices can contain such harmful chemicals. Chemicals contained in storage areas may spill, cleaning crews may leave chemicals on counters, and the materials used in the construction of a workplace may contain harmful chemicals.
If you or a loved one has been injured or sickened while on the job, you have the right to seek workers’ compensation to heal and cope with your losses. At Alpert Schreyer, our Prince Frederick worker chemical exposure lawyers are dedicated to protecting the rights of injured workers and helping them on the road to recovery. For a consultation on your case, call our offices at (844) 632-7274.