Here in the UK, hydrocarbons are used daily in all kinds of industries. It is extremely easy to suffer from hydrocarbon exposure, particularly if you work around large machinery all day. These substances are used in everything from gasoline to motor oil, lighter fluid to paints and rubber cement to industrial solvents. Minor traces of hydrocarbons are also found in more day-to-day equipment, such as glue or propellants.
Otherwise known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, these chemical compounds are created naturally for a wide range of purposes today. In addition to being included in a range of materials for daily use, they are also a by-product of many other processes. For example, if you burn wood or oil, or if certain materials are used to manufacture plastics, dyes and even some medicines.
If you are around any of these processes daily, particularly at an industrial level, then you might be at risk of developing hydrocarbon exposure. It is up to your employer to ensure that you are not only educated on how to deal with hydrocarbons in the workplace, but also that you are provided with essential safety equipment.
Hydrocarbons are a common pollutant. That means that they can easily contaminate the air around the processes where they are in use. In many cases they can cause short-terms breathing problems for workers, but can also lead to long-term illnesses. In the worst cases, employees who aren’t adequately protected can develop bladder, liver and lung cancers.
If you are around any process which involves hydrocarbons, particularly on a regular basis, then it is possible that you will develop these issues. It is essential, therefore, that you are protected whilst at work. These materials are carcinogenic, and you can be exposed to them in a variety of ways. Hydrocarbon exposure can occur either through the inhalation of fumes, ingestion of contaminated food or liquids or even if they come into direct contact with your skin.
In addition to these cancers, there is a range of other illnesses you could be suffering from because of hydrocarbon exposure. Just some of these diseases can include:
- Interstitial Inflammation.
- Internal Haemorrhaging.
- Bronchiolar and Vascular Necrosis.
- Muscle Atrophy.
If you’re handling or working near to hydrocarbons, then it is important that your employer takes steps to ensure your safety. There is a wide range of Health and Safety guidelines which they will be required to follow, including the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH 2002). Failure to comply with these guidelines will mean that they have bee negligent and you can make a personal injury claim against them.
It is important that you are provided with high-quality personal protective clothing (PPE). This can include:
- A Respiratory Mask.
- Protective Gloves.
- Protective Clothing.
- Industrial Boots.
It is also important that your employer undertakes regular risk assessments to avoid hydrocarbon exposure at every level. These can be an important way of identifying potential issues before they develop. In addition to these risk assessments, it is also extremely important that you are working in a space with effective ventilation. Otherwise, these substances can linger and cause health hazards long after the processes involving them has stopped.
If hydrocarbon exposure has left you in a position where you are unable to work, or it has had other effects on your personal life, then you need to make a personal injury claim today. The compensation that you can earn will not only be essential in helping you to survive while recovering from your associated illness, but it can be a real help to your recovery knowing that you’ve received justice from a negligent employer.
In some cases, you might suffer from hydrocarbon exposure thanks to your proximity to a worksite. If a company isn’t taking care to remove and dispose of hydrocarbon safely, then they could be contaminating the nearby area. If you’re suffering from any of the illnesses related to hydrocarbon exposure, get in touch with Tyler’s Solicitors professional team today.
Our team of dedicated no-win, no-fee lawyers are here to help you get the compensation and the justice that you need to move on with your life. When you call us, we will arrange an initial meeting. If you have a viable case against your employer, ex-employer or a nearby business, then we will take the case off your hands and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
For more information on hydrocarbon exposure personal injury claims, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our professional team today. You can reach us directly by calling 0800 699 0079. Alternatively, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be sure to get back to you as soon as we can.
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