Q I was exposed to chemicals on a New Jersey construction site nearly every day, and now my doctor says I’m suffering from toxicity. Could my employer be held liable for this type of injury?
Yes. The federal government has a number of rules and regulations regarding employee safety and training procedures, and specifically includes rules on chemical safety. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) advises employers to instruct all employees on the hazards of chemical exposure, reducing the risk of New Jersey construction worker toxic injury.
Your employer may be liable if he did not follow these specific training regulations:
- Handling. Employers whose workplace contains hazardous chemicals are responsible for training workers proper handling methods. This includes not just liquid-based chemicals, but also gases, fumes, vapors, mists, and particulates. Training should include contact risks, storage, and proper handling of chemicals in and outside of containers.
- Documentation. Both chemical manufacturers and importers are responsible for providing material safety data sheets (MSDSs) for employees and downstream customers detailing the hazards of the chemicals they produce.
- Education. OSHA laws state that workers have a right to know what chemicals they are exposed to. Employers are responsible for making employees aware of possible chemical exposure and providing workplace programs for educating workers on chemical injury, no matter how low the risk.
The bottom line is, your employer is responsible for taking reasonable actions to prevent work-related chemical illnesses and injuries. If you suffered toxic exposure due to employer negligence, Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. can help you get the compensation you deserve for your suffering.
Call our offices today at 877-360-0183 or simply fill out the form on this page to get a FREE, one-on-one consultation with a Morristown construction accident lawyer. The call is FREE, and we charge you nothing unless we win your case.