Propane Exposure at Work
Propane is a common heating fuel, and has other industrial uses as well. It is commonly used by glass makers, in brick kilns, at poultry farms, and in grain dryers. Propane normally provides safe and relatively cheap heat. However, it is possible for leaks to develop, or for workers to come into contact with propane during an accident. While propane exposure is not a common problem, it does occur, and there can be many damaging complications resulting from propane exposure.
Effects of Propane Exposure
The effects you suffer after coming into contact with propane largely depend on the concentration of the propane and the length of your exposure. Possible effects include the following:
- Breathing propane fumes can cause dizziness, irritability, difficulty with coordination, nausea, vomiting, loss of consciousness, and eventually, asphyxiation
- Liquefied propane gas that comes into contact with skin may cause frostbite, itching, burning, stiffness, thermal burns, swelling, redness, and eventually, gangrene
- Propane gas exposure does not harm eyes, but liquefied propane gas that comes into contact with the eyes could cause freezing and lead to blindness
Propane gas exposure or liquefied propane exposure can seriously harm your health. If you came into contact with this substance at work, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, and an attorney may be able to help you with the complicated process of filing for these benefits.
If you or a loved one experienced propane exposure at work, you may be in need of medical assistance or time off. While some companies assist employees in filing for workers’ compensation, many do not. Having the experienced Raleigh workers’ compensation attorneys of Scudder Seguin, PLLC, on your side can help. Call us today at 919- 851-3311 to begin work on your case.