Many workers in Pennsylvania are employed in industries in which hazardous materials are stored, used or transported. Unfortunately, an accident involving hazardous materials can put workers at serious risk.
For workers who have been involved in an accident and were exposed to hazardous materials – leading to an injury or adverse health condition – legal help is available. The hazardous materials lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC help injured workers recover compensation.
Types of Hazardous Materials
Hazardous materials are broken into a series of classifications, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Classes of Hazardous Materials. The nine classes are listed below.
- Class 1: Explosives
- Class 2: Gases
- Class 3: Flammable liquids
- Class 4: Flammable solids
- Class 5: Oxidizers
- Class 6: Poisons
- Class 7: Radioactive materials
- Class 8: Corrosive materials
- Class 9: Miscellaneous
Workers in various industries may come into contact with hazardous materials. The construction, trucking, agricultural, waste recycling and other industries are all at risk of coming in contact with hazardous materials.
Causes of Workplace Accidents Involving Hazardous Materials
Even when employees follow safety protocols, hazardous material spills and exposure can happen. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), all employers that deal with hazardous materials are required to design and implement a hazard communication program. Additionally, it is required by law that all hazardous materials are properly labeled and that effective training programs for employees are implemented.
As such, a workplace accident involving hazardous materials may result from improper employee training, improper labeling of hazardous materials or improper implementation of a hazardous materials communication programs. Hazardous material spills or accidents also may occur as a result of negligent or irresponsible behavior on the part of an employer or another employee. Sometimes, a hazardous materials accident may occur as a result of a traffic accident involving a hazardous materials carrier.
Dangers of Accidents Involving Hazardous Materials
Exposure to hazardous materials can be extremely dangerous to workers. Hazardous materials may cause explosions that lead to serious injuries, burns, lung injuries, death via poisonous gas or other poisonous materials, and more. If a worker is exposed to hazardous materials, effects may be instantaneous – such as a burn injury or an explosion caused by a hazardous material that results in the loss of limb or other serious injury – or may present themselves later, such as lung disease caused by exposure to toxic materials.
Who’s responsible for a workplace accident involving hazardous materials?
Pennsylvania workers’ compensation laws provide benefits to workers who sustain an occupational injury or disease. If you’ve been involved in an accident involving hazardous materials and sustained an injury or other serious disease or condition as a result, workers’ compensation benefits should provide you with compensation.
In Pennsylvania, workers who are involved in workplace accidents that involve a toxic substance may be able to pursue a third-party liability suit against the manufacturer of that substance or another party, if there was some negligence or defect that led to the accident. Discuss your options for compensation with our hazardous materials attorneys.
Talk to Our Hazardous Materials Lawyers Today
Pennsylvania workers’ compensation laws and personal injury laws can be complicated. If you’ve been injured in a workplace accident involving hazardous materials, an attorney can help you understand your rights and provide the assistance you need to recover damages.
If you are looking for an advocate you can rely on, call the hazardous materials attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC. Our attorneys will help you file your claims for benefits and will fight tirelessly for your rights as a workplace accident victim. To contact us today, call our offices now at 215-642-2335.