Occupational Hazard: Beryllium in the Workplace

MD Beryllium Injury Lawyer

Beryllium is a substance that probably doesn’t appear in your everyday conversation, unless you are studying chemistry or you work in certain industries. But repeated exposure to beryllium can cause a number of health problems and serious diseases. After four decades, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) finally issued a safety exposure rule for beryllium in January, 2017. However, in June of 2017, the new administration’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) argued for changes to the agreement that was so long in the making. What is Beryllium? A metallic element found in nature, beryllium has many commercial uses. Some businesses that use or expose their workers to beryllium include: Aerospace and aircraft manufacturing and maintenance Computer manufacturers Construction workers in certain industries Dental laboratories Foundries and metals reclamation/recycling Shipyard workers Telecommunications industries. Risk arises from repeated exposure in situations where beryllium is mined, processed, or converted into metallic alloys or other substances, or from living near an uncontrolled hazardous waste site containing beryllium. Exposure to Beryllium: When is it a Problem? We all experience low levels of beryllium in the course of our lives—it’s in our air, water, and food—and these low levels pose no risk. However, persons employed[…..]

Summer Dangers for Construction Site Workers

Workplace Accident

For some of us, summer is a time of trips to the beach and other types of fun. But for those who work in construction, it means long days laboring in the sun, sometimes in extreme heat and under hazardous conditions. Construction jobs are some of the most perilous occupations in which you can engage, and the hottest months often make such jobs even more dangerous. The 2013 estimates for the months with the most work-related injuries per day, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), were June (3,336.0), July (3,282.4), and August (3,375.5). If you work in the industry, perhaps this is not news. However, you might not be aware of some of the special hazards that summer brings your way. What’s So Risky About Construction Work? Construction work’s deadliest accidents are called “the Fatal Four:” falling, getting struck by objects, being caught between or inside objects, and electrocution. Year-round, such accidents cause many of the fatalities and injuries suffered on construction sites. The most common and most dangerous risk of construction work comes from falling: falls from high places such as roofs, falling off scaffolding, collapsing scaffolding, slippery surfaces, and so forth. However, summertime carries its own special[…..]

Top 10 OSHA Violations for 2015

Going over checklist

One of the federal organizations that helps ensure safe working conditions for all of us is the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA wants to make sure you are protected from egregious hazards, because most workplace injuries and deaths are preventable. Unfortunately, not everyone is on board with worker safety. Every year, OSHA puts out a list of top 10 violations that arise from their inspections of worksites all over our nation. The ten largest fines added up to over $10 million in 2015 alone. And working in an industrial, factory, or construction setting makes you especially vulnerable to harm. Here are the 10 standards most often cited for violations by OSHA: Fall protection (a standard for construction jobs), which outlines the circumstances for when protection is needed and what kinds of protective systems are appropriate. Over 7,400 citations were given out, with 4,079 of them in residential construction. One of the ten largest fines was handed down to DNRB Inc. dba Fastrack Erectors in Pacific, MO. They were penalized $511,000 after the over 30-foot fall of a 22-year-old worker. Hazard communication, which covers communications about hazardous chemical environments and the chemicals themselves; 2015 saw 5,681[…..]

Pick Your Order, Not Your Injury

Spine Injury

A worker falling from a scaffold, platform or forklift just doesn’t have time to react in a way that could lessen his injuries on impact. In fact, it only takes 2.5 seconds to fall 100 feet. That’s not much time, is it? And falls of shorter distances take seem to happen almost instantly but can be just as deadly. That’s why workers must be protected from falls by safety harnesses and lanyards. Safety belts alone don’t do the job. It’s critical to note, however, that all the safety equipment in the world will not help if it is not properly installed and if the worker is not adequately trained in its use. According to an OSHA incident report, a Circuit City employee was restocking a New Hampshire warehouse shelf with a color television, using a stock picker lift. He fell approximately 8 feet from the picker to the concrete floor. The employee suffered severe head trauma and died in the hospital two days after the accident. He had been wearing a body belt, but the belt was not properly attached to the stock picker. In addition, the guardrails on the picker’s work platform had been removed. An employee of Baxter[…..]

Steven H. Heisler, The Injury Lawyer, Wins Workers' Compensation Case for Client with Severe Restrictive Lung Disease

Baltimore workers’ compensation attorney Steven H. Heisler, The Injury Lawyer, won a case before the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission for a claimant suffering from severe restrictive lung disease. Baltimore, MD – The legal team at The Law Offices of Steven H. Heisler is proud to announce the success of attorney Steven H. Heisler in a recent workers’ compensation case (# B763242) before the Workers’ Compensation Commission of Maryland. Attorney Heisler secured compensation from the Commission for a 63-year-old worker who had become disabled from severe restrictive lung disease caused by substances exposed to in his work. Heisler proved to the Workers’ Compensation Commissioner that the claimant was permanently totally disabled due to his severe restrictive lung disease, as well as pre-existing conditions including renal insufficiency from hypertension and diabetes. According to the evidence, the claimant developed the lung condition due to exposure to asbestos, soot, and other harmful substances while employed as a boiler operator for 20 years. As a result, the 63 year old claimant is entitled to weekly benefits for as long as he remains permanently totally disabled. “The client was literally unable to finish his testimony because of his significant difficulty breathing. The Commissioner reached the right[…..]

Connecticut Power Plant Workers Suing Over Injuries Sustained During Explosion

According to a recent report, workers injured in a Connecticut power plant explosion have filed a lawsuit against the owners of the facility for failing to provide adequate safety measures that could have prevented the explosion from taking place. The incident occurred when workers were purging a natural gas pipeline, and a buildup of natural gas ignited as it was released. The workers filing the claim sustained head and other injuries. The injured workers’ attorneys claim that their earning potential has been greatly diminished as a result of the accident. A total of six workers lost their lives during the explosion, and dozens more were injured. The suit alleges that Kleen Energy Systems, the power plant owner, and O&G Industries Inc., the facility’s primary contractor, disregarded implementing certain safety measures in order for completion of the 620-megawatt gas-fired power plant to be sped up. Specifically, it is being argued that Kleen and O&G failed to supervise the purging process and that there was no safety engineer on site on the day of the explosion. When employees are injured on the job, the circumstances surrounding the work accident need to be carefully examined to determine whether or not negligent action played[…..]

Maryland Shopping Center Gas Explosion Injures Worker and Firefighters

Eight firefighters and a gas company worker suffered personal injury due to a gas explosion at a Forestville, Maryland, strip mall, according to a report. Firefighters were called to the shopping center in Prince George’s County after a gas company worker was hurt while working on a gas line. Two firefighters suffered burn injuries. All others were treated and released at local hospitals. Officials suspect that the gas leak may have been caused by recent renovations in the empty storefront. Maryland workers who suffer injuries on-the-job are entitled to workers compensation benefits. There are a wide variety of work-related injuries from construction and industrial accidents or even auto accidents on the job. When you suffer a serious injury at work, you may end up having to stay away from work for weeks or even months until you recover completely and are able to physically return to work. Such work-related accidents in Maryland that are covered by workers compensation benefits include industrial accidents such as fires, industrial explosions, gas or chemical leaks, chemical explosions and fires, gas explosions and cancer-related chemical exposure. Maryland workers who are injured on the job are usually entitled to compensation to cover medical expenses including diagnostics;[…..]