When it comes to providing for themselves or their family, some workers in Ohio are just happy to have a job in light of the recent recession. Unfortunately, not every job takes place in a safe environment. Employers are tasked with protecting workers from being exposed to hazardous or toxic materials, but some employees are left with little to no protection and have to suffer the dangerous side effects.
Workers who have spent time any amount of time welding rods and then subsequently begin to suffer serious side effects, like tremors or speech difficulties, may have been exposed to a seriously toxic fume. When welding rods that contain the substance manganese, workers need protection from breathing in the fumes. When inhaled due to improper safety protocols or procedures, manganese fumes can cause workers to suffer neurological injuries that can even mimic the same effects of Parkinson’s disease.
Manganese fumes are far from the only toxic material to which workers can be exposed. Silicosis is a disease that people who have worked with free silica can suffer from if not protected properly. Free silica exposure can also cause workers to develop kidney disease or cancer.
While protecting Ohio employees’ health and wellbeing should be the number one priority of any employer, this is not always the case. Some companies instead choose to cut corners in safety to save money, subsequently exposing workers to seriously toxic materials that inflict life long illnesses and disease. Our firm has particular experience and knowledge in standing up for workers’ rights and pursuing justice on behalf of those who have been permanently impacted by a dangerous exposure in the work place. Although some might be tempted to continue working in order to continue putting food on the kitchen table, successfully pursuing a claim can ultimately be beneficial, as explained on our webpage.