The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) can proudly point to the drastic decline in workplace fatalities since the Administration was created in 1971. These days, around 4,500 workers are killed on the job every year, far fewer than the tens of thousands that perished fifty or more years ago. However, while 5,190 workers died in 2016 (or 14 people per day) due to fatal injuries, thousands of workplace deaths are not accounted for. This is because OSHA does not include long-term exposure to toxic substances in this figure, from which many more workers die each year. According to OSHA statistics, roughly 50,000 workers die each year due to long-term exposure, such as toxic materials, according to EHS Today.
New Regulations on Chemical Exposures are Rare for OSHA Guidelines
According to The Hill, OSHA is failing when it comes to protecting workers exposed to dangerous chemicals,” due to the fact that since the creation of OSHA, there have only been 30 new exposure limits set since the original 470 that were adopted from the industry in the 1960s. History and modern science have proven that the limits set by OSHA are “dangerously unprotective.” Due to lack of funding and a broken system that says that chemicals are safe until proven otherwise, some health experts refer to OSHA’s lack of new chemical exposure limits as the “body in the morgue” requirement. Only three new regulations for chemicals have been created in the last 20 years.
What if I Became Sick Due to Long-Term Workplace Exposure to Dangerous Chemicals?
Millions of workers are exposed to dangerous chemicals throughout their careers, and many suffer serious health problems as a consequence. Most of these workers never file a claim because they are unsure why they got ill, or because they are not aware of their right to file a workplace toxic tort. For injuries or illnesses caused by exposure to toxic substances in the workplace, workers have the right to sue their employer, in addition to collecting workers’ compensation benefits if they still work for the employer. In either case, there are strict time limits in place for filing a claim. In terms of filing a toxic tort, you have three years from the date of the illness or when you found out about the illness to file a claim. For workers’ compensation, you must tell your employer as soon as possible, or file a claim with the Workers’ Compensation Commission within 60 days at the latest. In some cases, the worker may have a longer time frame to file a workers’ compensation claim for certain types of toxic exposure injuries.
Call Maryland Workers Compensation Attorney Tara K. Frame Today
If you are battling cancer, have come down with a serious illness, or have lost a loved one due to their exposure to workplace contaminants, you need to contact a Pasadena lawyer immediately. Call the law offices of Frame & Frame today at 410-255-0373 to speak with a Pasadena workers’ compensation attorney today.