Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is occurring in numerous states across the country. New York legislators have yet to determine whether high-volume fracking will be allowed within the state’s borders. However, companies are currently engaging in fracking from Pennsylvania to Montana.
Very few people would choose to accept a position at a workplace if they knew that in accepting that position, they would be routinely exposed to a toxic substance and placed at an elevated risk of developing a chronic and potentially fatal health condition. But when it comes to toxic exposure in the workplace, skilled workers in several construction and industrial trades are in fact routinely exposed to just such a scenario.
The federal government has placed limits on the amount of toxic substances workers can be exposed to on the job, but workers can still suffer serious injuries or even death as a result of exposure. Silica dust is one of these harmful substances that can cause serious health complications for American workers, particularly in the construction industry.
We have previously discussed just how hazardous exposure to toxic substances in the workplace can be. Exposure to toxic substances without proper protection can cause workers injury, severe illness and even death. As a result, it is critical that employers and workers are given access to resources that will better ensure prevention of harmful toxic exposure on the job. Thankfully, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is helping to provide necessary access to such resources.
Earlier this month, New Yorkers looked back on the anniversary of September 11. Over the course of this month, we have seen several news stories linking the first responders and other people who worked at the site of the World Trade Center in the days that followed September 11 with nearly 60 types of cancer.
We frequently write about safety hazards in the workplace that can lead to serious work-related injuries. However, a staggering number of American workers are harmed not by injuries at work but by toxic exposure that leads to severe occupational illness. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is currently attempting to curb some of the most serious illnesses individuals develop in the workplace through a newly proposed rule that would help to prevent toxic exposure to crystalline silica.
Summer is finally here. After a particularly cold winter and wet spring, the heat of summer is being greeted by many as a welcome change of pace. However, most individuals can enjoy the summer heat as often as they please and no more. When they feel parched, sun-baked or simply overheated, they can return to the cool indoors or park under the shade of a tree. Many construction workers and other outdoor professionals do not have this luxury.