Employers and workers alike should take measures to prevent exposure to dangerous materials. One such material that may cause illness to exposed workers is styrene. Styrene is a synthetic chemical often found in plastic, rubber, and different resins.
Certain workers – particularly those who work in the plastics or rubber industry or manufacture boats or tubs – are at risk of exposure to styrene. While working with styrene doesn’t always cause harm, it can, especially when employers or workers don’t follow workplace safety standards.
The Dangers of Styrene
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), styrene can negatively affect the central nervous system.
In fact, exposure to styrene may result in any of the following listed below.
- A feeling of intoxication
- Trouble concentrating
In addition, some workers may experience respiratory problems. Further, styrene is also a skin irritant and may cause a burning sensation when contact with skin occurs. Exposure to styrene can also cause nausea, dermatitis, depression, and asthma. Long-term exposure can cause brain disease, liver damage, nerve tissue damage, and more.
Workers Can Collect Workers’ Compensation for Styrene-related Illness
As the risks of styrene are evident and workers incur occupational illnesses and diseases as a result of styrene exposure, companies should address the issue. They should implement policies to train workers in the use of hazardous materials and how to avoid exposure to them. Employers should always ensure that all workers have equipment necessary to reduce dangerous levels of exposure.
If you developed an illness or disease you believe is related to working with styrene in your place of employment, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. In Des Moines, it’s important to inform your employer of your illness or disease as soon as possible. And then start filing your workers’ compensation claim, with help from a lawyer.
In some cases, workers may have a valid third-party liability claim against a party other than an employer or co-worker. This may be the case if a third-party contractor was negligent, leading to over-exposure to styrene because it did not follow proper safety standards.
Contact a Workers’ Compensation Attorney Now: Call Walker, Billingsley & Bair
If you developed an illness from working with styrene, don’t hesitate to take action. Call the attorneys at Walker, Billingsley & Bair in Des Moines for help getting the compensation you deserve. Reach our offices now at (888) 435-9886 or via our contact form.