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Occupational Benzene Exposure

Article discussing the risks of occupational exposure to benzene, a widely-used chemical linked to cancer and leukemia.

Every year, thousands of American workers are exposed to dangerous levels of benzene during the course of their occupation. Benzene is one of the most widely used chemicals in the world for industrial processes and is created in certain circumstances in nature.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured by benzene exposure, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

Update: Colorado Petroleum Site Reports Emitting High Levels of Benzene

December 21, 2017 – Anadarko Petroleum Corporation has discovered benzene-contaminated groundwater and soil at a site in Dacono, Colorado, according to a report filed by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC). The commission discovered the problem while trying to dig up an old pump earlier this month, requiring Anadarko to remove 200 barrels of contaminated groundwater.

Individuals that have exposed to high levels of benzene in their occupational environment are at an increased risk of developing benzene poisoning, the symptoms of which include dizziness, headaches, tremors, confusion, and unconsciousness. If the individual is not moved from the affected area quickly, they might die as a result of the benzene exposure. Individuals who have worked in industries that utilize benzene for an extended period of time are at risk to develop some of the long term effects of benzene exposure, including anemia, excessive bleeding, and a number of different types of cancers.

Benzene can be formed in both natural and industrial occupational environments. In nature, high levels of benzene are created and released into the air when items that are rich in carbon ignite but fail to burn completely. This is most common around forest fires and volcanoes. Fire fighters that are dispatched to control a forest fire are at an increased risk of benzene poisoning due to the great amount of benzene being produced by the fire. Researchers that study forest fires or volcanoes are also at an increased risk of developing benzene poisoning because their studies frequently take them into areas with high benzene concentrations in the air.

Many industries use benzene to make common products or as an industrial solvent for machinery. The amount of benzene manufactured annually for industrial use totals in the millions of gallons. Employees that work in factories that produce benzene or use large amounts of benzene during the course of production have an increased risk of developing the adverse side effects associated with long term benzene exposure. The industries that commonly use benzene in their production include the rubber industry, the lubrication industry, the dye industry, the plastic industry, and companies that make synthetic fibers. Benzene is also used in the production of detergents, pesticides, resins, and drugs. Employees that work in these professions may be required to protect themselves from benzene exposure to avoid benzene poisoning.

A lesser known source of occupational benzene exposure is exposure through products containing benzene. Individuals that commonly use strong adhesives, certain types of cleaning supplies, pesticides, or detergents in their course of work also have the potential to experience adverse effects from the benzene present in the substance. There is less risk of breathing in a harmful amount of benzene from these sources if the individuals work in a well ventilated area, but the chemicals that they are working with can contaminate their food or water if proper sanitation techniques are not followed. Ingestion of an item contaminated with benzene can result in nausea, vomiting, dizziness, stomach irritation, and convulsions. If medical help is not obtained in a timely manner, the ingestion of an item contaminated with benzene could lead to death. Individuals that have been working with chemicals containing benzene for a long period of time will also run the risk of developing the complications associated with long term exposure to benzene.

Do I have a Benzene Lawsuit?

The Toxic Tort Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in Benzene lawsuits. We are handling individual and group litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Benzene cases in all 50 states.

If you or a loved one have been exposed to Benzene and developed a form of leukemia or other blood related disease, you should contact us immediately. You may be entitled to compensation and we can help.

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