Are you feeling nauseated or dizzy after working on a bridge in New Jersey? You could be feeling the early effects of lead poisoning—especially if you work in a confined space.
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), construction workers who take part in the maintenance, demolition, or repainting of bridges may suffer effects from exposure to lead-containing paints. Inspectors, iron workers, painters and laborers may also suffer lead poisoning from other steep structures such as water and fuel storage tanks that have been coated with lead-based paints.
Roughly 90,000 bridges in the United States are coated with leaded paints, or about 77% of all U.S. bridges. Workers may be exposed to the lead in a number of ways, including:
- Cutting. Blasting, sanding, welding, burning, or other methods of cutting into a structure coated with lead paints are likely to produce high concentrations of lead dust and fumes.
- Containment. Some companies use enclosures designed to capture particles of paint so they do not harm the environment. However, these may result in higher airborne concentrations of lead.
- Contamination. Lead dust swirls around the worksite, catching on clothing and leading to contamination of workers' cars and homes.
If you have suffered lead poisoning on a construction site, contact New Jersey construction accident attorney Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. today at (877) 360-0183. We can help you fight for your rights to compensation, beginning with your FREE, one-on-one consultation.
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