Lead Exposure

Munitions workers in California are filing reports of lead poisoning. A lead poisoning study conducted from 2012 to 2015 found that 6,051 of the 38,440 worked had an elevated level of lead in his or her bloodstream. Most workers were men between the ages of 29 and 59 living in Southern California. Other workers with elevated lead levels worked in metal manufacturing—airplane parts, battery factories, piping and other metal factories. 

A large contributing issue to this danger is the fact that safety regulations are 35 years old. PBS reports, “The current standards are based on 35-year-old medical findings, which at the time did not recognize the dangers of even low-level exposure to lead. More recent science shows chronic, low-level lead exposure can cause lasting harm.” Clothes can trap lead dust, carrying the particles home to the worker’s family, which exposes them to lead poisoning as well. 

What happens after being exposed to high level of lead? 

·      Cognitive disabilities

·      Heart disease

·      Reproductive issues

·      Kidney failure. 

More severe symptoms of lead poisoning include:

·      Severe abdominal pain and cramping

·      Vomiting

·      Muscle weakness

·      Stumbling when walking

·      Seizures

·      Coma

·      Confusion

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) are currently working on a major update in safety regulations. This will be the first safety hazard update in decades and a much-needed one at that. 

Do you suspect you are a victim of lead poisoning as a result from your employment? If so, its time to contact Phoenix Personal Injury Lawyer, Brian Dault.

(Lead poisoning symptoms derived from Healthline, Originally reported on PBS)