Construction workers are aware that their jobs are dangerous and that they need to be constantly looking around for obstacles on the construction site and what others are doing in order to stay safe. However, there are invisible dangers that construction workers may unknowingly get exposed to, known as toxic chemicals.
A toxic chemical, such as carbon monoxide, is something that a worker cannot see; however, the fumes can be breathed in on-the-job. This hazardous fume can cause a construction worker serious injuries and even death.
Carbon Monoxide – A Silent Killer
Toxic chemicals, when breathed in, can kill a Florida construction worker. For this reason, construction workers need to be aware of the risks, especially of carbon monoxide poisoning. Because the fumes are colorless, odorless and tasteless, carbon monoxide is not easy to detect. This is why construction workers need to make sure there is proper ventilation when gas powered tools are used inside.
If a construction worker does breathe in carbon monoxide fumes, it can be extremely dangerous and lead to the following:
- Respiratory problems
- Heart problems
- Brain damage
When too much carbon monoxide is breathed in, the individual will be dead within minutes. However, if low levels are breathed in over a long period of time, severe brain damage can occur.
Symptoms of Toxic Carbon Monoxide Exposure:
- Chest pain or fast breathing
It is important to see a doctor right away if you have any of these symptoms, especially if you feel better when you leave the job and worse when you return. Additionally, if you have headaches and you are short of breath when you are indoors, you should also see a doctor and have your blood tested to measure the amount of carbon monoxide in your blood.
By being aware of these symptoms and seeking medical attention, you may be able to save your life. However, you still may have developed health problems. If you have been injured by toxic exposure, call a lawyer today. Additionally, if you have lost a loved one from carbon monoxide poisoning, you need to find out how to file a Florida wrongful death lawsuit against the person or company responsible for your loved one’s death.
You can reach a Fort Lauderdale wrongful death attorney at the Law Offices of David Benenfeld by calling at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″] and find out more about your rights in a free consultation today.