Silica dust exposure is a serious threat to almost two million workers in the United States, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Safety experts have identified more than 100,000 workers in high-risk jobs, primarily in construction, fracking, mining and basic materials industries.
According to the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), up to two million American workers are exposed to breathable silica toxins in a variety of industries and occupations. Silica dust, when inhaled by employees at the workplace, can cause very serious health disorders and diseases, including lung cancer, silicosis, pulmonary fibrosis, autoimmune disorders, and other adverse health outcomes.
Workers may develop silicosis by breathing very small silica particles into the lungs. Silicosis, an irreversible lung disease, is most closely associated with occupational exposure to silica dust.
Construction workers and those working in fracking operations have developed silicosis and other respiratory diseases from inhaling silica dust and exposure to other toxins at the workplace.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated workplace injury lawyer and toxic tort attorney investigating silica injury lawsuits and representing injured plaintiffs nationwide.
The Lyon Firm works with OSHA experts, construction site engineers, and vocational experts to investigate and determine whether poor management, safety violations, worker negligence or defective equipment caused an injury.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has published studies that show fracking workers are likely exposed to high levels of silica in the dust surrounding work sites, which may lead to permanent lung damage, silicosis and lung cancer.
The fracking process endangers workers when sand is delivered and loaded into sand movers, transferred by conveyor belts and blended with other frac fluids prior to injection. Transporting and moving silica sand by movers and transfer belts can release dusts containing silica into the air and exposing workers if they breathe the dust into their lungs.
When oil and gas companies operate in America and the nearby environment ends up contaminated and damaged, surrounding land and home owners can expect to see their property values drop significantly.
Large energy corporations, with hundreds of hydraulic fracturing (Fracking) sites, are responsible for thousands of environmental infractions each year, causing millions of dollars in damages to properties nationwide.
According to a study by the Wall Street Journal, there are over one million active oil and gas wells in the United States, and more than 15 million Americans now live within a mile of many of them.
Toxic chemical leaks, oil spills, groundwater contamination, soil contamination, unsightly drilling equipment and noise pollution due to fracking activity account for the majority of property value loss claims.
Realtors around the country note that buyers are very hesitant to purchase homes near fracking sites. However, oil and gas companies are not taking responsibility for damages to property unless lawsuits are filed against them.
It is unfortunate that legal action is necessary, but not surprising given that the large energy corporations responsible are placing profit before environmental concerns. Any property owner with real estate negatively affected by fracking activities may have a claim against regional businesses.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated fracking contamination lawyer, representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of civil litigation claims against large corporations.
NIOSH has identified the primary sources of silica dust exposure during fracking operations:
- Dust ejected from access ports on top of the sand movers during refilling operations while the machines are running
- Dust ejected through open side fill ports on the sand movers
- Dust generated by on-site vehicle traffic
- Dust released from the transfer belt
- Dust created as sand drops into blender hoppers
- Dust released between the sand mover and the blender
- Dust released from top of the end of a sand transfer belt