Silica Exposure during Hydraulic Fracking
Oilfield Accident Attorneys in San Antonio
As recently as 2012, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and
Health reported that airborne silica created from hydraulic fracking is
a health hazard to workers. If you or someone you know has been contracted
an illness or disease from exposure to silica, you may be entitled to
At The Law Offices of George P. Escobedo & Associates, PLLC, we understand
the frustration and your family must feel after suffering this type of injury. Often, workers are exposed to silica because site managers fail to conduct
proper inspections or practice safe procedures. Let our San Antonio workers
compensation attorney help you get the compensation you need!
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Health Hazards of Silica
Workers in San Antonio and the surrounding areas working on hydraulic fracturing
sites are especially at risk as the process contains up to 99% silica.
If a worker breathes in silica, they could develop a condition called
silicosis. Silicosis is a lung disease. Tiny silica particles build up
in the lungs and over time, lung tissue wraps itself around the particles.
Because the silica is a foreign particle in the lungs, the lung tissue
reacts and becomes inflamed causing scarring. This build up significantly
reduces the amount of oxygen the lungs can hold. Workers exposed to silica
daily are at a high risk to develop lung cancer, tuberculosis, chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease, and other kidney and autoimmune diseases.
Know Your Workplace Rights
OSHA law states that all employers are responsible for providing a safe
work environment for their employees. If you are working in a hazardous
environment, your employer is required to provide you with training or
other information in a language and vocabulary you can understand regarding
the danger you could face should you choose to work in that workplace.
Your employer is also required to create and enforce methods to prevent
these hazards. This could include regular maintenance or inspections of
the fracking site and the machinery used.
If you feel your rights were violated and you were diagnosed with a severe,
life-altering or even fatal disease due to the negligence of your employer,
you have a right to
file a claim against your employer for damages.
our San Antonio oilfield accident lawyers today to set up a free no-obligation