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Toxic exposure risks faced by oil rig workers

A Texas oil field is a tremendously dangerous place to work, and if you make your living in this type of environment, you may have firsthand knowledge of the occupational hazards associated with your profession. While hazardous working conditions are part of the job, your employer has a duty to mitigate your on-the-job risks as much as possible, and this includes reducing your risk of toxic exposure. At the Law Office of Michael R. De La Paz, we understand that toxic exposure can lead to serious chronic health issues, and we have helped many workers who suffered injury or illness because of dangerous work environments pursue appropriate recourse.

According to Industrial Safety & Hygiene News, your chances of experiencing exposure to toxic chemicals and substances are considerable when you work on an oil rig. While the side effects and symptoms you are likely to experience after toxic exposure will vary based on the type of exposure you experience, you may suffer headaches, nausea, respiratory issues, skin irritation and eye problems in the aftermath of toxic exposure.

You may, too, suffer chemical burns, dizziness and related symptoms after exposure to certain chemicals, with some chemicals proving more hazardous than others. Crude oil shippers and pipeline operators, for example, often undergo exposure to hydrogen sulfide, which, over time, can lead to paralysis, certain types of cancers and in especially serious cases, even death.

While is it unlikely that you can eliminate all toxic exposure risks when you work on an oil rig, you can reduce the chances of chemical exposure by always protecting yourself with facemasks, eye protection and related safety gear. You can find more on oil field accidents and injuries by visiting our webpage.

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