${site.data.firmName}${SEMFirmNameAlt}

Representing those injured in Iowa and Nebraska since 1974

Call Today for a FREE Consultation 402.403.3092

Top industries for toxic injuries

While many jobs in Iowa have inherent risks, there are some positions that place the worker in more danger than others. One of the most hazardous types of occupational injuries occur to those working with toxic chemicals. While some positions may have a small exposure to these substances, other industries place employees in close contact with dangerous materials every day.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report on the top five industries for toxic injuries which, combined, produce 36 percent of all hazardous substance incidents. In order from most injuries to least, these include chemical manufacturing, educational services, truck transportation, food manufacturing and utilities. During the research period of nine years, there were 57,975 incidents. Chemical manufacturing, which claims the top spot for hazardous material injuries, reported 1,753 during that period. In the educational sector, students were more commonly hurt than any other group, while employees made up over half of the total number of injured persons.

 

Eastern Kentucky University reports that, while physical contact with most substances is generally prevented, toxic materials can take many forms. These include dusts, liquids, solids, vapors or gases, some of which may be more difficult to avoid than others. Spills and leaks can lead to accidental contact but residual materials can cause prolonged exposure. Certain birth defects, allergies, cancers, infections and reproductive problems have developed as a result of contact with hazardous materials.

 

In addition to effects experienced over long-term exposure, there can also be significant consequences to short-term contact with some types of chemicals. Formaldehyde can be fatal at moderate levels and can cause respiratory problems in low amounts. Ethylene oxide can cause lung injuries, cancer, neurotoxicity and mutagenic physical changes.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

To Set Up A Free Consultation, Email Our Firm Today

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

300 West Broadway
Suite 145
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Toll Free: 888-730-9836
Phone: 402-403-3092
Map & Directions

Law Offices of Gallner & Pattermann, P.C.
Review Us