According to national statistics, there are approximately 804,000 workers currently working in general industry and an additional 838,000 workers in construction that may be exposed to lead on the jobs they work on. As a New York workers’ compensation lawyer from Polsky, Shouldice & Rosen, P.C. can explain, lead is a toxic chemical that can have short- and long-term effects on an individual’s health.
If you sustain an injury or illness that was caused by lead exposure at work, you may be able to file a compensation claim to pay for your medical bills and lost wages. Keep reading to learn more about lead exposure in the workplace. Call our office to speak with an attorney if you or a loved one has been exposed.
Symptoms Of Lead Exposure
If you work in an environment with an increased risk of lead exposure, you may experience the following symptoms:
- High blood pressure
- Abdominal pain
- Memory or concentration challenges
- Joint pain
- Fertility problems
It is important that you seek medical attention should you start feeling any discomfort or notice any health issues. A medical professional can help diagnose you and prove that you are suffering from lead exposure.
OSHA Requirements For Workplaces With Lead
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has created strict guidelines that employers must follow if their workers are exposed to lead. By complying with them, workers can protect themselves as well as their families from the damaging effects of lead exposure. These guidelines include:
- Conduct tests to look for air in the lead
- Provide proper training for workers who handle lead regularly
- Add a shower that workers can use after their shifts
- Offer blood lead level testing for workers
- Create lead dust and fume controls
Speak with an attorney today if you believe that your place of work is not following these guidelines to keep their employees safe.
How To Prevent Lead Exposure At Work
Fortunately, there are several ways you can prevent lead exposure while you are at work. If you are in the construction, plumbing, auto repair, painting, manufacturing, or steel industry, you are particularly susceptible to lead exposure at work and should adhere to these tips:
- Do not eat or drink near areas with lead products
- Wash your hands regularly
- After you’ve worked with lead products, take a shower and change your clothing
- Wear protective equipment such as gloves and goggles when handling lead
- Visit the doctor regularly for blood lead level testing
- Eat healthy to make your body less prone to lead exposure
While you can help keep yourself safe, it is your company’s job to prevent exposure in the first place.
Filing A Workers Compensation Claim
If you have been hurt by work-related lead exposure, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced attorney from Polsky, Shouldice & Rosen, P.C. An attorney can evaluate your case and determine whether you are eligible to file a claim. A lawyer can also help increase your chances of cooperation from the workers’ compensation insurance company and increase the chances of your claim getting approved. Do not wait to contact a legal professional — reach out to our firm today.