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The Dangers of Diesel Exhaust in Industrial Sites

Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 20-Sep-2018

Working at an industrial site is a dangerous job that exposes workers to hazardous chemicals and complex equipment. One of the most dangerous fuels that industrial workers can be exposed to is diesel.

Diesel fuels a variety of equipment used in transportation, mining, construction, and manufacturing. When in use, diesel produces a mixture of gases and particulates. This mixture of gases can be dangerous to industrial workers’ health because it is known to trigger severe headaches, nausea, respiratory disease, and/or lung cancer. Proper engine maintenance can significantly reduce diesel exhaust—especially when using higher quality diesel.

Diesel Exhaust Is Linked to Lung Cancer

Employers should assess the conditions in which workers may be exposed to diesel exhaust and reduce exposure to the lowest feasible limits. Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has not established a standard for diesel exhaust, exposures to various components of diesel are addressed is other OSHA regulations.

Exposure to diesel exhaust can be extremely dangerous because:

  • It causes irritation to the respiratory tract, inhibiting lung function.
  • It can aggravate preexisting lung diseases, including asthma and heart disease.
  • Prolonged and heavy exposure increases the risk of lung cancer.

If exposure causes an employee to fall ill, that injury is considered a work injury. However, proving that a medical condition is linked to work conditions requires the guidance of an attorney. An industrial accident lawyer has the resources and experts on hand to connect working conditions with an employee's diagnosis. If you or a loved one has fallen ill after prolonged exposure to diesel-fueled equipment, their illness may be due to inhaling diesel byproducts.

Contact a Chemical Plant Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one have been made ill while exposed to diesel exhaust, you have the right to seek compensation. Arnold & Itkin industrial injury attorneys investigate work injury cases to find definitive answers and help clients get the best possible results. Our results have helped our clients pay for medical care, stay out of debt, and reclaim their future. 

We have helped hundreds of injured workers rebuild their lives. Exposure to toxic chemicals is a serious problem—contact us today for a free consultation: {F:P:Site:Phone}.

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