Though all jobs come with certain risks, some California workers may find themselves faced with hazards that could seriously affect their health. While the negative repercussions may not be immediately apparent, workers could develop illnesses or diseases from toxic exposure that could have far-reaching consequences. Even if the problems do not show themselves until years later, workers’ compensation may still be warranted.
It was recently reported that workers at two power plants in another state indicated that they face continual exposure to toxic substances. The workers have apparently been involved in cleaning up a massive coal ash spill, and their current working conditions at the power plants do not benefit worker health. They claim to face continual exposure to fly ash dust and flue gas. The ash reportedly contains at least 26 toxins and heavy metals.
This ash lays on the dashboards and floorboards of the machinery the workers use while on the job as well as on the floors and walls of enclosed work areas in the plant. The workers are apparently not provided with proper respirators, masks or other protective equipment. This exposure has already led to a lawsuit from 73 contract workers or surviving family members of workers who believe that the toxins poisoned them during clean up efforts due to inadequate protections.
Toxic exposure can have numerous ill effects that can affect workers and their families for years. If California workers believe that they have suffered illnesses or other issues due to this type of exposure while on the job, they may want to consider looking into workers’ compensation options. Discussing their concerns and possible cases with attorneys knowledgeable in this area of law may prove wise.