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The risk of toxic exposure on construction sites

On Behalf of | Feb 23, 2024 | Construction Workers' Accidents |

While the construction industry provides steady employment for many people across Idaho, the sector is notoriously dangerous. Falls from heights, vehicle accidents and electrocution incidents are just some of the more notable risks.

However, there is also a risk of long-term injury and illness as a result of toxic exposure, which is often overlooked. Here are some occupational injuries associated with chemical exposure in construction.

Respiratory illnesses

Many construction sites contain hazardous chemicals that workers should not be exposed to. Even building materials themselves can be hazardous when airborne. Each year, over 400,000 workers are treated for injuries resulting from chemical exposure, and many of these workers come from construction sites.

When breathing in harmful substances, construction workers may contract:

  • Asthma
  • Reactive Airway Dysfunction Syndrome (RADS)
  • Silicosis
  • Mesothelioma and asbestosis (lung conditions associated with asbestos exposure)

These are just some of the more common conditions that can be caused by breathing in harmful substances on construction sites.

Eye injuries

An eye injury has the potential to be life-changing. Those with visibility rely on it for everyday activities. The chemicals found on many construction sites can burn the eyes. Chemical burns to the eyes can result in further complications such as:

  • Cataracts
  • Corneal ulcers
  • Eye loss
  • Retinal damage

Chemicals are used for a variety of legitimate purposes, but they can be dangerous. Employers should take all possible precautions to limit exposure. If you have been injured on the job or are facing an occupational illness, it will benefit you to learn as much as possible about your legal options.