Hydrocarbon Poisoning Claim *
A hydrocarbon is an organic compound which is made up entirely of hydrogen and carbon. They are often produced in the mining industry, from vehicles. They are also produced during refuse incineration and the oil refining processes. These chemicals are often only found in the workplace of those who work in certain industries. Overexposure to hazardous substances can result in various injuries and illness being sustained, including hydrocarbon poisoning. The most common types of hydrocarbons include;
- Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
Depending on what hydrocarbon you have been exposed to and how long and often you have been exposed to this your symptoms will vary. An important part of the process of making a claim * for hydrocarbon poisoning is determining liability. In most cases, hydrocarbon poisoning only affects those in a working industry. Such as those who come into contact with carious hydrocarbons throughout the course of their work.
As a result , it is often the employer who is found liable for a breach in duty of care. They have a responsibility for ensuring that the health and safety of their employees is a priority at all times. They are also responsible for ensuring that employees are provided with adequate training and protective equipment.
Failing to do so could result in injuries being sustained. If it is found that an employee has developed hydrocarbon poisoning as a result of negligence of their employer then they will be seen as liable through employer’s liability. Employers are also required to carry out a risk assessment which helps them to both identify and eliminate hazards which could potentially lead to an injury or illness. The results of this should then be made available to employees so that they are also aware of the risk which can be associated with their job. This can help to reduce the chance of an accident occurring in the workplace.
Hydrocarbon Poisoning Symptoms
- Lung problems
- Occupational Cancer
- Difficulty breathing
- Poor coordination
- Stomach problems
- Internal injuries
- Irritation of the eyes, nose and skin
- Methanol Poisoning
Causes of Hydrocarbon Poisoning
Lack of Training
This is one of the leading causes of many workplaces accidents and illnesses *. Therefore it is important that all employees receive adequate training prior to carrying out their work. Because this will help to prevent accidents from occurring. If employees know how to carry out their job in a safe manner the risk of an injury being sustained is reduced. Meaning this training should be provided by the employer throughout the course of their work in order to improve their skills and to keep up with changes in the industry.
Lack of Protective Equipment
Personal protective equipment is required in all workplaces and should be provided by the employees. Because this equipment helps prevent injuries and illness as it acts as a protective layer from equipment and harmful substances and chemicals. This protective equipment includes clothing, footwear, glasses, hats, gloves and facial protection. Failing to wear this equipment increases the risk of workplace illness. It is the responsibility of the employee to ensure that they are wearing the required equipment throughout the course of their work. On top of this skin to skin contact is a common cause of hydrocarbon poisoning and can lead to injuries such as skin dermatitis also.
Overexposure to certain harmful substances can have a negative effect of the general health of a person. Therefore, In order to prevent this from happening it is important that employees receive adequate rest breaks throughout their working day. It is also important that work that is to be carried out is varied so that one person is not overexposed to hydrocarbons as this is a common cause of poisoning. On top of this, prolonged periods of time spent working with hydrocarbons can impact the lungs leading to both respiratory diseases and cancer.
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