Workplace accidents: chemical exposure lands several in hospital

Employees report to their jobs every day in California and throughout the nation with a basic expectation that their place of employment is safe. They are aware that safety procedures are in place and precautions are taken by employers to protect them while on the job. Unfortunately, even with detailed safety guidelines established, workplace accidents can still occur. A recent incident in another state involving hazardous materials resulted in hospital visits for more than two dozen manufacturing employees.

A company that manufactures dry filtration filter bags was in production when several employees complained of nausea and shortness of breath. A spokesperson from the local fire department stated that the company had used a different raw material in the process that is normally utilized. Two or three symptomatic employees were treated while the others were evaluated as a precaution. All the employees had high levels of carbon monoxide in their systems.

Fire department officials reported that several employees were kept for observation overnight at the hospital while some were treated and released. The plant had been evacuated for inspection, and employees were admitted back into the facility after a couple of hours. Representatives from the state's Occupational Health & Safety Administration were on site to inspect operations shortly after the incident.

When workplace accidents such as this occur, employers have the responsibility to provide benefits to injured employees. A California workers' compensation attorney can assist employees in filing the proper claims to receive benefits. An experienced lawyer will work on behalf of employees to ensure that they receive all the benefits to which they are entitled.

Source:, "Several hospitalized after hazmat incident in Hixson", Aug. 30, 2017

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