Workers Exposed to Harmful Silica in Fracking and Hydraulic Fracturing Industry
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) has found that airborne silica can cause serious medical issues to unprotected workers in the fracking industry. OSHA and the US government are warning hydraulic fracturing workers that the lungs can inhale the crystalline silica, causing silicosis, according to a recent article by Risk and Insurance.
Silicosis is linked to lung cancer, tuberculosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and kidney and autoimmune disease. With the recent plans to allow drilling along the New York and Pennsylvania border, according to a recent article on The Wall Street Journal website, exposure to workers in New York is likely. If you believe that the company you work for hasn’t provided the necessary equipment to protect workers from exposure to harmful substances, you may contact our Long Island workers compensation lawyer to discuss your case.Share This