Exposure to Tar Fumes Could Lead to Injury
If you are a highway worker or otherwise exposed to tar fumes, you may or may not know that the fumes you are inhaling are potentially harmful to your health. Over half a million U.S. workers are exposed to potentially harmful tar fumes related to road paving, roofing, siding, and other construction and highway work. Too many are not even aware that the substance they are working with can cause serious and even life-threatening health issues over time. If you have a health problem that you believe may be related to exposure to tar or asphalt fumes, you owe it to yourself to contact The Hoffman Firm to see about your eligibility for workers’ compensation.
Asphalt Fumes: Health Consequences
Asphalt fumes can have long lasting and potentially serious health consequences. Exposure to asphalt and tar fumes has been known to cause rash, headache, coughing, irritation of the throat and eyes, and even some types of cancer. OSHA has no specific set of standards for asphalt fumes, lumping them in with the standards for various other construction and road maintenance precautions. But asphalt fumes have dangerous potential all their own, and it is important to be aware of the negative effects of prolonged exposure and inhalation.
Not every type of asphalt is considered harmful, so it is important to know what type of asphalt you are coming into contact with. “Natural” asphalts, which are mined out of the earth, do not fall under the same category, nor do asphalts made from certain synthetic materials, although it is recognized that both can have some health consequences due to overexposure and inhalation. Most of the asphalt you will encounter in highway work or roofing work will be petroleum-based and are considered harmful under the law.
If you are exposed to these chemical fumes, over time they can cause the above-mentioned problems, attacking the respiratory system and the skin. Prolonged overexposure to asphalt fumes has been linked to the development of skin cancer. If you experience health problems due to exposure on the job, you are entitled to compensation, and The Hoffman Firm can help you get it.
The Hoffman Firm has extensive experience in getting the best possible settlement for you in your tar or asphalt exposure case. In order to get the most from your workers’ compensation claim, you owe it to yourself to give The Workers’ Compensation Center a call or get in touch with them today (800) 223-1866.
Evan A. Hoffman
Mr. Hoffman’s philosophy is "our knowledge and experience is your best defense." He has been a featured author on criminal law issues such as driving under the influence, domestic violence and illegal searches.Read More