Philadelphia + Delaware County Workplace Exposure to Mercury Injury Attorney
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently fined a New York hazardous materials remediation contractor $142,000 for willfully exposing their employees to toxic levels of mercury. OSHA has cited Environmental Remediation Services, Inc. (ERS) with 14 citations for willful and serious violations of their workplace safety and health standards.
Mercury Exposure Injuries in the Workplace
In response to employee complaints about mercury exposure and a lack of protective safety equipment from their employer, OSHA investigators found that numerous employees showed symptoms of mercury poisoning after working to remove contaminated soil, wood, and liquid from a Superfund site in Schenectady. The workers were not provided with protective safety equipment to limit their exposure to the hazardous material and were suffering from fever, fatigue, memory loss, tremors, neurological impairment, and damage to their skin and gums. Officials believe the workers were poisoned after breathing in mercury vapors and having liquid mercury penetrate their skin.
The violations imposed upon Environmental Remediation Services included failure to provide adequate ventilation, reorganizing work schedules to reduce the levels of exposure to employees, and refusal to perform exposure monitoring to determine if mercury levels were present. The company was also cited for not informing their employees of the potential danger and exposure to the toxic material, or providing them with proper safety training to avoid unnecessary exposure to the mercury. ERS also failed to provide and monitor protective respiratory protection equipment.
Symptoms of Mercury Poisoning
Short term exposure to mercury can produce symptoms such as sore throat, coughing, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, increased blood pressure or heart rate, headache, and vision problems. Long term exposure to mercury can cause more serious conditions such as anxiety, anorexia, insomnia, weight loss, irritability, fatigue, and hearing loss. It is vital to seek medical attention if you believe you have been exposed to mercury. Even small amounts of mercury can produce enough vapors to be inhaled into the lungs, and can be passed from a pregnant mother to her unborn fetus, or into infants through breast milk.
Blood and urine tests can determine if you have been exposed to mercury, and to what level you have been exposed. Once confirmed, drugs can be prescribed that will remove the mercury from your body.
Pennsylvania Worker’s Comp Attorneys Handling Toxic Exposure Workplace Injuries
If you have been injured as a result of an employer’s negligence or an unsafe work environment, do not hesitate to contact one of our partners for a free consultation. With over 60 combined years of experience, our attorneys can ensure that you receive worker’ compensation benefits you deserve. Call our law offices at 484-679-5239 or go online to schedule your free consultation.
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