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Employees working in confined work areas are at an increased risk of acute or chronic toxic exposure when working with certain occupational chemicals. Ventilation hazards are common in certain industries, including mining, auto repair shops, painting, remodeling, construction, or shipyards.

Employers have a duty to ensure workers are protected from ventilation hazards by monitoring work spaces, warning workers of potentially dangerous chemicals and providing protective work equipment.

Confined spaces and poorly ventilated areas can be deadly or may regularly result in serious injury, or severe illness. Repeated exposure to paint fumes, pesticides, solvents, asbestos, mold, dust or other cleaning agents over long periods can have very harmful effects on the body.

Inhalation of toxins without proper protective equipment can lead to kidney, brain and liver damage. With any ventilation hazards, Maintenance Crews with the silent dangers of toxic chemicals in confined spaces.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati Catastrophic Injury lawyer and Ohio employer negligence attorney. Mr. Lyon has represented plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of workplace injury and toxic exposure claims. 

Dangers of Confined Spaces

Confined spaces are common in many Ohio workplaces. A confined space is defined by OSHA as an area with restricted entry or exit, hazardous atmospheres or risk of engulfment. Employers must ensure that workers do not enter a confined space unless the employer has a confined space entry permit and complies with safety regulations.

Even some areas that are not considered confined spaces can still present ventilation hazards because they may be poorly ventilated. Poorly ventilated workplaces and confined spaces may present different occupational risks, though both may have an issue with safe air quality.

Some of the hazards associated with ventilation hazards and confined space include toxic, hazardous substances, flammable contaminants (potentially causing fire and burn injuries), unsafe oxygen levels, and engulfment. Poorly ventilated work spaces and confined spaces in Ohio may include:

A poorly ventilated place may become dangerous if there is an unsafe level of toxic contaminants, and if the ventilation is poor and cannot remove contaminants. Fork trucks can present ventilation hazards when carbon monoxide builds up and ventilation is insufficient. Petrol or diesel machines, or gas heaters in confined areas may be a work hazard. Portable generators cause dozens of deaths each year related to CO poisoning.

Toxins & Chemicals at the Workplace

The use of cleaning solvents such as Liquid Wrench or degreasing agents in small poorly ventilated rooms can lead to serious health issues. High exposure to Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) for long periods of time can lead to serious damage to the liver, kidneys and nervous system.

Workers and employers are encouraged to follow safety regulations set forth by the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Improper operation and maintenance of HVAC systems is one of the most common problems that impact workplace indoor air quality. Toxic exposure may include the following harmful chemicals:

Ohio Ventilation Hazards & Injury

Toxic inhalation injuries in Ohio may include cardiac injury and kidney injury, lung cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and others cancers. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies painting and other confined space occupations as carcinogenic risks.

Lung disease and respiratory diseases are long-term risks for any worker who experiences regular exposure to hazardous materials or chemicals. The Lyon Firm works to protect worker safety and when employers fail to follow OSHA safety guidelines and fail to provide basic protective equipment to employees, they may be held liable in employer negligence and personal injury lawsuits.


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Joseph Lyon has 17 years of experience representing individuals in complex litigation matters. He has represented individuals in every state against many of the largest companies in the world.

The Firm focuses on single-event civil cases and class actions involving corporate neglect & fraud, toxic exposure, product defects & recalls, medical malpractice, and invasion of privacy.


The Firm offers contingency fees, advancing all costs of the litigation, and accepting the full financial risk, allowing our clients full access to the legal system while reducing the financial stress while they focus on their healthcare and financial needs.

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A Voice for Those who have suffered

Why are these cases important?

Serious injuries and accidents often result through no fault of the injured party, yet the injured victim suffers from life altering physical, mental and financial losses. Such economic and human losses can have devastating financial consequences on individuals and families if not properly compensated. Tort law allows those individuals to seek just legal recourse through personal injury lawsuits.


Questions about Industrial Accident Cases

What are the types of Industrial Accident Cases?

Equipment rollovers and falls are the main causes of injury and death in industry. For workers on foot, being struck by heavy equipment or trucks are major causes of death.

Vehicle and forklift overturns are a leading cause of injuries and fatalities. Each year in the United States, nearly 100 workers are killed and another 20,000 are seriously injured in forklift-related incidents.

Falls on the job are no less fatal. In the United States each year, over 500 workers die as a result of falls from elevations.

Other preventable events include the following:

What is an Arc Flash Injury?

Arc flash accidents are an electrical occurrence when an electrical current deviates from its designated path and travels to another conductor. If a worker is hit by an arc flash or is even near one, they are likely to suffer severe electrical injury.

Anything from dropping a tool to faulty wiring can cause an arc flash accident. Poorly maintained materials or electrical systems can lead to arc flash incidents. An electric shock, burns, fires and damage is likely following an arc flash. Employers are urged to protect workers from arc flash injury, with the following prevention methods:

  • De-energize electrical circuits while working
  • Use proper insulation and guarding
  • Provide workers with work barricades
  • Install adequate ground fault circuit interrupters
  • Provide workers with personal safety equipment
  • Place warning labels regarding arc flash hazards
Can product liability be included in industrial accident litigation?

Each year, industrial accidents generate millions in settlements and verdicts for victims. Product liability issues cannot be discounted. In many past incidents, industrial equipment has been found to be inherently flawed. If machinery is found to have a faulty design or missing safety components, victims and their attorneys can file suit against large industrial manufacturers.

The legal options will depend on what caused the industrial accident and injury. Industrial accident injuries are usually permanent and should be addressed by a lawyer qualified in complex personal injury matters. Mr. Lyon has successfully litigated numerous industrial injury cases and obtained settlements for workers, over and beyond their workers comp.

Why should I hire The Lyon Firm?

Our Firm will help you find the answers.  The Firm has the experience, resources and dedication to take on difficult and emotional cases and help our clients obtain the justice for the wrong they have suffered. 

Experience:  Joe Lyon is an experienced Cincinnati Industrial Accident Lawyer. The Lyon Firm has 17 years of experience and success representing individuals and plaintiffs in all fifty states, and in a variety of complex civil litigation matters. Industrial accident lawsuits can be complex and require industry experts to determine the root cause of an accident or injury.  Mr. Lyon has worked with experts nationwide to assist individuals understand why an injury occurred and what can be done to improve their lives in the future. Some cases may go to a jury trial, though many others can be settled out of court.

Resources/Dedication: Mr. Lyon has worked with experts in the fields of accident reconstruction, biomechanics, epidemiology, metallurgy, pharmacology, toxicology, human factors, workplace safety, life care planning, economics, and virtually every medical discipline in successfully representing Plaintiffs across numerous areas of law. The Lyon Firm is dedicated to building the strongest cases possible for clients and their critical interests.

Results:  Mr. Lyon has obtained numerous seven and six figure results in personal injury,  automotive product liability, medical Negligence, construction accidents, and auto dealership negligence casesThe cases have involved successfully litigating against some of  the largest companies in the world.

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