Ohio Workplace Injury Lawyer and Toxic Tort Attorney investigates toxic asphalt exposure cases for injured plaintiffs and workers in the roofing and road paving industries
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has recommended to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that asphalt fumes (Bitumen) be considered a potential occupational carcinogen, and suggests employers work diligently to protect workers from workplace toxic asphalt exposure.
The American Board of Industrial Hygiene has also urged safety professionals and employers to limit worker exposure to toxic asphalt fumes. Road paving and roofing are the most likely occupations to experience toxic asphalt exposure, and there may be up to half a million American workers regularly exposed to asphalt fumes, according to OSHA.
Asphalt, also known as bitumen, also is commonly used in roofing seals, waterproofing products, and in road construction materials. OSHA lists possible health effects from toxic asphalt exposure that include headache, skin rash, fatigue, throat and eye irritation, and lung and skin cancer risks. According to at least one study cited by OSHA, asphalt increases the risk of skin cancer, lung cancer, stomach cancer, bladder cancer, pulmonary fibrosis, and leukemia.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Ohio toxic tort attorney and workplace injury lawyer reviewing toxic asphalt exposure cases for injured plaintiffs nationwide. Contact The Lyon Firm following any illness related to roofing and road paving asphalt exposure.
Road Paving & Roofing: Toxic Asphalt Exposure
Asphalt can be comprised of hundreds of chemicals, many of which can be harmful with even a short duration of exposure and inhalation. Known carcinogens—including Benzene—have been found in asphalt fumes, according to NIOSH, and roofers and road construction workers are at risk of health complications and possible lung and skin cancer.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that up to 50,000 roofers are exposed to toxic asphalt fumes every year in roof insulation, damp proofing and water proofing. When asphalt products are heated, the fumes and chemical vapors released endanger workers without the proper protective respiratory gear. Injuries and conditions linked to workplace exposure to asphalt fumes may include:
- Pulmonary Fibrosis
- Skin Cancer
- Respiratory illness
- Skin irritation
- Eye irritation
Legal Action Following Toxic Exposure
Roofers and road construction workers can be exposed to asphalt fumes for as long as 10 hours a day for many years. When asphalt is heated it releases benzene-containing fumes into the air, creating inhalation hazards, and many employers fail to warn their employees of the serious health risks.
Should any worker in the roofing and road paving industries fall ill or develop a related cancer after acute or chronic toxic asphalt exposure, they may have a personal injury claim and may seek compensation for medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering and long-term disability.
If you or a loved one has suffered from an illness or cancer due to Toxic Asphalt Exposure and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.