Asphalt is a strong adhesive used in many products, and millions of tons of it are produced annually. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), over half a million workers are exposed to asphalt fumes. Unfortunately, it can cause these workers to develop serious illnesses. If these workers are employed by a non-subscriber employer in Texas who has opted out of providing workers’ compensation benefits, they face additional challenges in obtaining the compensation they deserve from their employers.
Are You at Risk of Asphalt Fume Exposure?
Asphalt is a dark brown or black substance produced from crude oil and can be in a solid, semi-solid, or liquid form. It is mainly used in these products:
- Road paving
- Roofing tar and felt
- Pipe covering
- Floor tiling
Workers in road paving, roofing, shingle installation, and construction are at higher risk of exposure to toxic asphalt fumes and other hazards. The two main dangers from asphalt exposure include:
- Fires and explosions
- Health dangers caused by skin contact, eye contact, or inhalation of asphalt fumes or vapors
Health Conditions You Could Develop From Asphalt Exposure
Workers can suffer medical conditions from both short-term and long-term exposure to asphalt and its fumes. Some of the medical disorders an employee can suffer from include:
- Skin rashes
- Lack of appetite
- Throat and eye irritations
- Respiratory problems, such as asthma, coughing, and other respiratory issues
- Many types of cancer, such as skin, lung, stomach, bladder, and leukemia
- Loss of bone marrow
- Low white blood cell count
- Fertility problems for women
Because so many employers in Texas do not subscribe to the state workers’ comp program, you need an experienced workplace accident attorney who understands this specialized area of law. This attorney also needs to be prepared to deal with the challenges of linking your asphalt exposure to your health condition, especially if you suffer with a medical disorder that has developed over time.
Have You Been Injured At Your Texas Job And Your Employer Doesn't Provide Workers' Compensation?
If you've been injured on the job and your employer is non-subscriber you need to speak with an experienced work injury lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our our Colleyville office directly at 817.485.8888 to schedule your free consultation.