Workers Tested After Lead Contamination at Robins Air Force Base
Test results are still pending for nearly half of the 34 civilian workers who were exposed to lead contamination at Robins Air Force Base. Recently, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration found evidence of a lead contamination in a Defense Logistics Agency distribution warehouse. At this time, the source of the contamination has not yet been discovered.
Building 1602 will undergo cleanup efforts, but these have not yet been scheduled. So far, negative tests have been returned for all of the employees who were exposed to the contaminated lead dust. During the course of OSHA’s investigation, lead dust was found on a printer in the break room and on a storage rack elsewhere. Citations for serious health violations were issued for employees not being trained on the presence of lead, and for failure to provide appropriate protective work clothing and equipment to employees.
In adults, lead exposure can lead to reproductive problems, high blood pressure and hypertension, nerve disorders, memory and concentration problems, and muscle and joint pain. Hopefully, the lead exposure tests for each of these workers will come back negative.
Exposure to toxic chemicals can be a huge danger in the workplace. In most cases in Georgia, workers compensation provides necessary medical treatment from injuries sustained as a result of exposure to dangerous chemicals. If you have developed an injury or illness that you think is the result of being exposed to chemicals at work, you need to report your injury to your employer right away. That will ensure that you receive proper medical care paid for by workers compensation, and will also alert your employer to the dangerous working condition that needs to be remedied as soon as possible.
If your work environment has been found to have a toxic contamination, like lead, you should seek medical treatment right away. You have the right to see an approved workers compensation doctor at no out of pocket cost to you to make sure that your health has not been negatively affected.
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