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Toxic Waste Facility Dangers

As hazardous waste facilities continue to grow and provide support for different industries, new precautions must be taken when regulating workplace activity. Many facility workers are exposed to deadly toxins, dangerous leaks, and other hazards that put their health in jeopardy. People in the local public and surrounding areas also face the threat of toxic leaks or improper disposal, which has led to detrimental results in the past. Facilities in North Carolina, West Virginia, and other states have recently been spotlighted in the news for exposing the public to toxic substances due to leaks or spills.

Hazardous waste can be a byproduct of the following:

  • Laboratories
  • Industrial Plants
  • Hospitals
  • Farming
  • Septic Systems
  • Auto Shops or Garages

Facilities that handle dangerous and toxic waste are even more at risk for causing their workers to suffer health problems due to prolonged exposure and other issues. Workers may not be properly trained or equipped to handle the level of waste being stored or handled at a facility. This can lead to horrible results—including permanent health damage and prolonged illness for the workers and, in the worst cases, wrongful death.

Handling Hazardous Waste

Toxic waste puts humans, animals, and plants in danger. For this reason, the need for toxic waste facilities has become increasingly prominent. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) oversees the handling of hazardous waste by these types of facilities. They require that toxic materials be handled with certain precautions and disposed of properly.

There are several methods that are considered safe for storing waste, including:

  • Waste Piles
  • Sealed Containers
  • Concrete, Steel, or Fiberglass Tanks
  • Containment Building

If any one of these storage areas are incorrectly sealed or contained, it can result in dangerous exposure for both workers and area residents. In some cases, incompatible waste is stored together, which causes dangerous reactions that may initially go unnoticed, but later result in deadly exposure. The risk of waste mix-ups or placement mistakes puts many people at risk—with the proximity of the worker handling such materials at even greater risk.

Exposed to toxic waste in the workplace?

From lung cancer to permanent brain damage, all types of injuries can result from both isolated and prolonged toxic exposure. It is estimated that close to 100,000 deaths occur from toxic exposure or related incidents. Unfortunately, it may take many years to recognize the effects of this exposure—making it even more difficult to get the necessary medical attention and support. If you or a loved one has been exposed to toxic waste in the workplace, be sure to seek counsel as soon as possible. Arnold & Itkin has handled countless numbers of cases and recovered billions of dollars.

Contact an industrial injury lawyer from our firm today to discuss your toxic waste claim!

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