Toxic Chemicals at New York Construction Sites
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The building materials found at many New York construction sites often contain toxic – and even deadly – chemicals. In most cases, workers are unaware of the chemicals they come in contact with. It may not seem like an imminent health hazard exists. But long-term exposure can result in serious illnesses and fatalities.
If you have sustained a workplace illness or injury due to toxic chemical exposure, you need to speak with an experienced New York attorney at Giampa Law. We know what it takes to get full and fair compensation in these complex cases. Contact us today.
Toxic chemical exposure at construction sites
Toxic chemicals commonly found in construction sites include, but are limited to:
- Asbestos: This silicate mineral is commonly found in walls, floors, and shingles. Prolonged exposure to asbestos can result in lung irritation or mesothelioma, a deadly form of lung cancer.
- Lead: Lead exposure at can occur when inhaling fumes and dust at construction sites. Long term exposure can cause high blood pressure and kidney damage.
- Formaldehyde: This known carcinogen is often found in plywood, tiles, and carpets. Long term exposure to formaldehyde can cause asthma-like respiratory problems. It can also cause skin irritation and itching.
- Gypsum: This chemical is often found in wallboard and plaster. Exposure can cause irritation to the eyes, skin, and respiratory system.
- Di-isocyanates: This is commonly found in polyurethane products, adhesives, and sealants. Di-isocyanates don’t usually put construction workers at risk, but lung exposure to vapors can cause illness.
- Cadmium: This can be found in materials built with lead and copper. Inhaling cadmium over a long period of time can cause flu-like symptoms and lung damage.
- Flame Retardants: These chemicals are used to prevent the ignition or spread of fire. They are often found in insulation boards and textiles. Exposure to flame retardants can be cancerous. Other complications include birth defects and endocrine disruption.
- Silica: Silica dust can be found in glass, bricks, and concrete. Inhaling silica can result in silicosis, lung cancer, or kidney cancer.
Our law firm can help you
Many chemicals found on construction sites are strictly regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Additionally, construction sites are heavily regulated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. If workers are exposed to hazardous chemicals or high amounts of toxicity, the negligent parties can be held accountable for their negligence.
If you have become ill after exposure to toxic chemicals, you need justice. Our New York law firm knows how to handle cases involving toxic chemical exposure. We’ll aggressively pursue your case and get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.