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Recent Posts in Toxic Chemical Exposure Category

  • The Unseen Danger of Industrial Worksites

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 15-Oct-2018

    Workers at industrial sites face an intimidating number of risks each day. High pressures, volatile chemicals, dangerous machinery, and falling from heights are just a few of the common hazards commonly referenced by safety advocates. However, people often fail to include an unseen danger that is nonetheless prevalent in industrial environments: toxic gas exposure. Those who are employed in places ...
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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 ...
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  • Workers Burned by Sulfuric Acid at Baton Rouge ExxonMobil Plant

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 12-Jun-2018

    State environmental officials are saying that three contract workers have been burned by sulfuric acid at the Baton Rouge, Louisiana refinery owned by ExxonMobil. The chemical plant was operating as normal when the three workers were "contacted with sulfuric acid during normal work activities," said Exxon spokeswoman Sarah Nordin. Two of the workers were taken to the hospital after ...
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  • In a report from The Center for Investigative Reporting, reporters revealed that Elon Musk's electric car factory has been leaving injuries unreported in order to drive down its injury rate. In 2015 and 2016, Tesla was chastised for having an injury rate well above the industry average. Its 2017 numbers showed that it had dropped to the auto industry standard—but only because it ...
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  • Study Finds Arsenic in Air Near St. Paul Residential Area

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 9-Apr-2018

    There’s arsenic in the air near hundreds of homes in St. Paul—and the issue is a simple fix. The Southport Industrial District is a 99-acre area that’s home to a metals recycling plant, chemical storage, and an impound lot. The industrial site is near the West Side neighborhood on the bank of the Mississippi. In 2015, residents in the West Side protested a planned expansion of ...
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  • Second West Virginia Plant Explosion Occurs Within Weeks

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 21-Jun-2017

    In West Virginia, an industrial plant exploded yesterday morning. The plant is owned by Midland Resource Recovery, a Canada-based company that odorizes natural gas. Their West Virginia plant—located in Philippi—specialized in decommissioning old odorant tanks from other gas companies. This is the second explosion at the Philippi plant in the last two months. On May 24 th, plant owner ...
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  • DuPont Labeled a Severe Violator by OSHA

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 13-Jul-2015

    OSHA just recently announced that DuPont, well-known chemical giant, has been found to be in violation of numerous regulations, including ones that led to the death of four workers within their La Porte plant last November. It was one of the most deadly and massive gas releases that has occurred in the last 10 years, resulting in a leak of an estimated 23,000 pounds of toxic methyl mercaptan from ...
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  • U.S. Chemical Exposure Limits Are Severely Outdated

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 9-Jul-2015

    Many industrial workers are exposed to dangerous or potentially dangerous chemicals on a daily basis. There are tens of thousands of chemicals used or made in the United States according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). All of them could potentially be harmful to a worker’s health depending on the amount, frequency, and length of the exposure. OSHA Exposure Limits Are Antiquated ...
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  • Report on Number of Louisiana Refinery Accidents

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 18-Jun-2015

    Louisiana refineries are required to report the number of accidents that occurred throughout the course of the year. While some safety experts caution that the numbers may be artificially low because the refineries are self-reporting, the numbers are alarming nonetheless. The Louisiana Bucket Brigade, an organization that promotes safety and environmental protections, reviews the accident reports ...
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  • OSHA Proposes Rulemaking Regarding Silica Dust

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 17-Dec-2014

    Work in many industries, such as construction, exposes employees to inhalation of silica dust. This dangerous substance is created through the demolition, cutting, crushing, or other destruction of rock, stone, concrete, and other common materials. When these very fine particles are released into the air and inhaled by workers, they can cause the development of silicosis, chronic obstructive ...
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  • As far back as 1948, many experts have known of the dangers and health risks of exposure to benzene. In a report linking benzene to leukemia, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health noted "that the only absolutely safe concentration for benzene is zero." The report was prepared for the American Petroleum Institute, the petrochemical industry's main lobbyist. The document ...
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  • Toxic Dust and How to Protect Your Lungs

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 1-Dec-2014

    In a wide range of fields, workers are exposed to a variety of dangerous toxins in the air. As hazardous materials are inhaled, the lungs can receive both short- and long-term damage. In some industries, daily exposure to fumes or dust inevitably leads to respiratory problems and severe issues surrounding the lungs. Even basic tasks in a number of industries can expose workers to toxic substances. ...
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  • Dangerous Chemicals in the Workplace

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 3-Nov-2014

    Chemicals are necessary for many industrial jobs and can even make some tasks much easier. However, many of these chemicals can be hazardous if they are touched or inhaled, causing both short- and long-term damage to workers who are exposed to them. Even basic cleaning solutions can be harmful if workers do not take proper precautions against exposure to them. Jobs requiring contact with dangerous ...
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  • Dangers Faced by Livestock Industry Workers

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 30-Oct-2014

    Working with livestock may sound like a low-risk industry, but there are many ways that a worker can be injured while dealing with animals. Raising, transporting, and preparing livestock includes many steps involving thousands of workers performing different tasks, many of which involve heavy machinery and dangerous chemicals that can lead to serious injuries. According to the Bureau of Labor ...
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  • Frac Sand: Occupational Hazards Of Industrial Sand Use

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 19-Aug-2014

    Documentaries such as FrackNation and Gasland have highlighted many of the environmental dangers of hydraulic fracking. The primary dangers are the contamination of ground water and the emission of pair pollutants. In addition to the environmental dangers, the thousands of industrial workers who work on fracking sites on a daily basis are also at risk of serious injury or death in the event of a ...
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  • Case Filed for Pair of Injured Workers

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 14-Apr-2014

    Attorneys Kurt Arnold and Kyle Findley are representing a pair of clients who were injured in the same incident on the job. The two men are industrial workers and were exposed to vaporized hydrofluoric acid at their jobsite after a Phillips worker wrongfully opened the valve. During the exposure, much of the site was evacuated because of the contamination but the two workers were trapped on ...
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  • Toxic Exposure in Chemical Plant Accidents

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 11-Feb-2014

    With the growth of industrial facilities, more and more chemicals are being released into the atmosphere every year. In recent studies, it was reported that millions of pounds of hazardous chemicals are released by chemical plants across the country. Not only are most of these plants located near cities, flourishing neighborhoods, and growing schools, but they are also filled with large numbers of ...
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  • 1,000 Toxic Chemical Accidents Prior to the West, Texas Explosion

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 20-May-2013

    In light of the tragic plant explosion in West, Texas on April 17, the topic of toxic chemical exposure is surfacing yet again. However, what many don't realize is this fertilizer plant explosion is not a standalone incident, in fact there have been 1,000 reported accidents over the past 15 years relating chemical facilities. Last month's explosion claimed the lives of 15 victims in the ...
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  • OSHA Cites Excavation Company After Worker Death

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 17-May-2013

    The United States Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is dedicated to promoting safety in work environments throughout the nation. When the department discovers a company that is not exercising proper safety measures, they conduct investigations. If they discover authorities in the company did not take every possible precaution, then OSHA has the right to cite ...
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  • West, Texas Plant Explosion

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 17-Apr-2013

    On Wednesday evening, April 17, 2013, a major explosion took place after a fertilizer plant had caught fire in the town of West, Texas – about 20 miles north of Waco. Emergency crews from all over Central Texas responded to the devastating scene in the small town of roughly 2,600 people. Numerous injuries had been reported, and ambulances and helicopters had been dispatched to transport ...
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  • Six Nuclear Storage Tanks are Leaking

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 28-Feb-2013

    Hanford, a former Cold War weapons production plant in Washington State, has been classified as one of the nation’s most contaminated facilities. Now, a new discovery is adding to that identity—at least six nuclear and chemical waste storage tanks are leaking underground at the Hanford nuclear reservation. Worse still, according to some federal officials, more of the aging tanks may ...
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  • Texas City Experiences BP Plant Fire

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 30-Oct-2012

    Plant and refinery fires can be a threat to their surrounding cities, not just the workers on site. As a result to our fast growing society, industrial plants are everywhere in our country; therefore creating greater risks for injuries and illnesses. Another plant fire just occurred today at Texas City BP plant in their Resid Hydrotreating Unit (RHU) at 1:30 this afternoon. Fortunately the fire ...
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  • Baytown ExxonMobil Refinery Plant Fire

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 3-Oct-2012

    The ExxonMobil plant covers 5 square miles of Baytown, Texas and just this evening one of the columns of the plant caught fire, creating a dangerous threat to the employees as well as the surrounding community. According to the ExxonMobil website, this refinery plant has been located in Texas since 1919, and this plant is known to be not only their largest location, but also the largest petroleum ...
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  • Fracking Creating Possible Health Risks

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 6-Sep-2012

    Hydraulic fracturing is commonly explained as the process that breaks away at rock layers using pressurized water power. This process is also known as “fracking”, and is specifically done in order to release natural gasses from the rocks such as shale, tight, or coal seam gas, or other substances like petroleum, and more. The state of New York, however, is questioning the health risks ...
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  • Chevron Refinery Fire Sends Hundreds to the Hospital

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 27-Aug-2012

    A giant fire that could be seen for miles erupted at the crude distillation unit of Chevron's Richmond, California oil refinery on August 6, burning uncontained for four hours and continuing as a smaller, controlled fire into August 7. According to the California Emergency Management Agency, both sulfuric acid and nitrogen dioxide were released into the atmosphere as the fire burned. Hundreds ...
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