There are many industries that rely on chemicals that are very toxic to humans. Arsine, which is colourless, is flammable and extremely poisonous. Its use is common in industries involving the treatment of metals or crude ores, and it is generated by acid is used to extract impurities. This toxic material has a repulsive smell, described as fishy or garlic-like. It is also used when arsenic is deposited on microchips. One gas that will be familiar to anyone working across a range of industries, especially agriculture, is Bromine. This has a variety of applications, including the manufacture of flame proofing agents, water purification compounds, medicines, dyes and fumigants.
Of course there are many other potentially dangerous gases in use in workplaces, and in any of these circumstances appropriate care must be taken. Only trained personnel should ever have access to hazardous materials, and appropriate safety equipment must be deployed at all times. If you are ever unfortunate enough to be exposed to a toxic gas leak at work, then the consequences can be very serious. Each toxic gas has distinct properties, and the symptoms they provoke range from burns to asphyxiation to far more lethal effects.
What situations would give rise to a claim?
Toxic gas leaks have the potential to be extremely deadly. In the worst cases, such as the notorious incident in Bhopal, India in 1984, escaping toxic materials caused several thousand casualties. Such extreme examples are rare, but anyone working with potentially poisonous gas must be aware of what can happen if there is any lapse in following safety protocols. Leaks can lead to varying degrees of skin burns, while the accidental inhaling of toxic substances can cause a range of internal injuries. Workers must be fully trained in using these chemicals.
Have you suffered from a toxic gas leak at work?
If you have suffered from the effects of toxic gas, you may well have a strong case for a compensation claim. Your next step should be to get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. Don’t delay – telephone our 24-hour helpline right now, and we will start the ball rolling by taking your details to be studied by a highly experienced compensation claims lawyer. It is free to call us, and we also offer a strictly no win, no fee* policy when it comes to chasing up these types of claims. You have nothing to lose, so the rest is up to you – call on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: February 6, 2015
Author: David Brown
Category: Accident at work claim