Hazmat Situation Sickens 13 Recycling Center Employees in Cobb County


September 30, 2015

A troubling hazmat situation has sickened at least 13 employees of the Cobb County recycling center, according to WSB TV. The incident began when a truck driver dropped off a load of materials and complained that he was having trouble breathing. As the materials were spread across the recycling facility, more employees began to experience breathing issues. Eventually, thirteen out of the sixteen employees who complained of breathing issues were transported to the hospital.

Firefighters are attempting to uncover the cause of the breathing ailments that affected the recycling center employees. As of now, it is unclear what hazardous materials lead to these illnesses and investigators are taking all precautions to ensure the dangerous fumes do not spread.

Hazmat and Toxic Chemical Exposure on the Job

Sudden or long term exposure to toxic chemicals while on the job can ruin careers and lives. These exposures can lead to injuries that can be long term and diseases that could manifest themselves later in life. Hardworking Georgia residents will require representation for not just their workers' compensation claim, but also for additional legal action that can help them obtain the compensation they deserve.

Hazardous materials can be broken down into the following classifications:

  • Explosives
  • Gases
  • Flammable liquids
  • Flammable solids
  • Oxidizers
  • Poisons
  • Radioactive materials
  • Corrosive materials
  • Other hazardous substances

Any industry that requires employees come into contact with potentially hazardous materials holds the potential for hazmat injuries. Those who work in construction, agriculture, trucking, waste recycling and other like industries are most likely to come into contact with hazardous materials.

All employers and employees are required to follow stringent safety protocols, but even with these measures in place, hazardous material exposures or spills can happen. All hazardous materials must be labeled and employees receive extensive training as to safe handling of these materials. Federal regulations additionally require employers implement a hazardous communication program to manage hazmat exposures.

Workplace accidents involving hazmat may result from the improper training of employees, failure to properly label materials, or improper implementation of hazmat communication programs. Hazmat spills and exposures can also result from negligent acts on the part of the employer or a fellow employee.

Hazmat exposure can lead to serious injuries, including lung injuries, burns and even death. Often, the impact of a hazmat exposure is immediate, but some injuries will not present themselves until sometime later. Any employee who has been potentially injured due to a hazmat exposure should contact an attorney as soon as possible. Your Georgia workers' compensation attorney will investigate potential recovery options through workers' compensation and beyond.

Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law: Assisting Employees Exposed to Hazmat or Dangerous Chemicals on the Job For Over 30 Years

If you have been injured on the job due to exposure to hazmat chemicals, the Georgia Workers' Compensation Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, can help you to obtain the compensation you deserve. Our firm has over 30 years of experience in the workers' compensation and personal injury industries. We accept cases across Georgia and in the Southeast. The sooner you act after your workplace accident or exposure, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery for your injuries. As such, do not delay in seeking legal assistance. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Source:
http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/hazmat-situation-sends-7-people-hospital/nnNZS/


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