Accident Advice Helpline is committed to exposing the risks of accidents at work and their repercussions when the accidents can affect the general public. It is important that members of the public are well-informed when it comes to the potential hazards of a chemical leak.
Chemicals are used in almost every industry and their effects, when leaked, can pose a serious threat to public health.
How can a chemical leak occur and what are the related hazards?
The potential threats of a chemical leak are almost endless. A chemical can leak can be in the form of vapour, gas, liquid or even in some cases, solid. Chemicals can contaminate the atmosphere, drinking water supplies and the soil.
One only has to look at incidents involving nuclear waste to see the potential hazards of a chemical leak. Of particular note to the modern world is the case of the explosion of the nuclear reactor at Chernobyl. After 20 years, the area surrounding Chernobyl is still unfit for human habitation and will continue to remain so for an incalculable period of time. The EU has provided funds in order to securely confine the radiation leak from the reactor and construction workers present at building the massive arch envisioned can only work in the vicinity of the reactor for periods of 10 minutes at a time lest they suffer a serious illness. In the recent case of the explosion of the Fukushima power plant after the Japanese tsunami 2010, efforts are underway in order to reduce the contamination of the sea water surrounding Japan and the long-term effects are still unknown.
What illnesses or injuries can a chemical leak cause?
Chemical spills can cause a plethora of illnesses and health issues. Many people who are exposed to chemical leaks contract severe breathing problems, muscle aches and irritation of the eyes. In some more serious cases, chemical leaks can lead to life-threatening illnesses such as cancer.
I’ve suffered an injury as the result of a chemical leak, am I entitled to claim compensation?
If this happened within the last 3 years and it wasn’t your fault, then the answer is yes, you may be entitled to claim compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information. Lines are open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 and a friendly and professional adviser is on hand to take your call.
Date Published: January 3, 2014
Author: David Brown