Lead is a naturally occurring metal that workers in Pennsylvania and across the country may come into contact with. It is used in a variety of products such as lead-acid batteries, fishing weights and solder. Until 1977, it was a key ingredient in paint used in homes and commercial buildings. Typically, workers will be exposed to lead in fumes that they breathe in or by coming into contact with lead dust.
Those who work in construction or manufacturing are most likely to interact with lead on a regular basis. Lead exposure can occur while creating, using or recycling products that contain this element. For example, a construction worker could be exposed to lead after tearing down a building or while installing or maintaining a pipe. It is also possible to come into contact with lead after accidentally swallowing or otherwise ingesting it.
Individuals who are exposed to lead could develop a series of health issues include anemia and kidney disease. Stomach issues can also occur after exposure to lead dust or otherwise coming into contact with this material. While construction workers are most likely to come into contact with lead, the general public could be at risk as well. This is especially true for those who live in buildings that have older paint.
While it is normally associated with injury accidents, people who get sick at work after being exposed to lead or other chemicals may be entitled to workers compensation benefits as well. These benefits can include the payment of medical bills and, in some cases, the replacement of a percentage of wages lost during the recovery period. An attorney can often be of assistance during the process of preparing and filing the required claim.