Is Chlorine Gas Exposure Deadly?
Managers of smelting plants need to be extra cautious when changing aluminum cylinders, because incredibly harmful chlorine gas can leak out. Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspected Beck Aluminum Alloys after an employee fell seriously ill due to chlorine exposure. OSHA fined the owners of the smelting plant $77,472 for 13 potentially fatal safety violations. Inspectors found that after the gas leakage was indentified, employers made no effort to remove the rest of the workers from the exposed area.
“Employers have a responsibility to provide workers with proper training and to implement procedures that protect employees from chemical hazards in the workplace,” said the OSHA area director in Milwaukee. “It’s unacceptable that Beck Aluminum Racine failed to develop safety procedures to prevent the release of chlorine gas during maintenance. When a release of chlorine gas occurred, the company failed to remove employees immediately from potential exposure. This can cause severe health issues related to the skin and the respiratory and central nervous systems. Exposure to high concentrations can result in death.”
Midwest Attorneys That Handle Industrial Accident Cases
If you work in smelting or related industries and fear that you have been exposed to chlorine gas unknowingly, our Midwest workers compensation attorneys can help. The law offices of Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC have over 80 years of combined experience defending the rights of injured workers and whistleblowers. We will hold your employer accountable for their negligence and recover the full compensation that you deserve for your emotional, physical and financial struggles. For more information or free legal advice, contact us. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Midwest workers’ compensation attorneys, call us today at (614) 221-7548.
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