Millions of people work in the maritime industry, on ships at sea, loading cargo, coordinating arrivals and helping at docks. Though some see trade and travel on ships as old fashioned, it’s in fact booming. With so many people contributing to one industry, there are bound to be thousands of injuries that occur. One of the dangers facing maritime workers is toxic exposure.

There is a long list of chemicals one could be exposed to in the maritime industry. Here are a few of the most prevalent:

  • Vinyl chloride
  • Toxic metals like lead, arsenic, chromium and cadmium
  • Benzene
  • Asbestos
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Cyanide for fumigation
  • Gases like chlorine and ammonia
  • Freons
  • Hydrogen sulfide
  • Hazardous waste
  • Fuels

Exposure to these chemicals and more can change a person’s life. Depending on the amount and duration of exposure, the effects can range from dangerous to deadly. Here are some potential results of toxic chemical exposure:

  • Chemical burns
  • Allergic reactions
  • Skin cancer
  • Infection
  • Lung damage
  • Lung cancer
  • The spread of bacteria, parasite and virus
  • Illness
  • Death
  • Environmental damage
  • Pollution
  • Fire

As an employee, you have the right to file a worker’s compensation claim if you sustain an injury at work. This can include health issues that you have because of toxic exposure. This can help to cover medical bills and time when you were unable to work. If you have been exposed to toxic chemicals during your time as a maritime worker, talk with a lawyer who has experience in the industry and l