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Workers' compensation claims often involve chemical exposure

The prompt action of various emergency services in New Jersey prevented a tragedy on a recent Thursday morning. This incident involved exposure to toxic fumes -- something that has led to many workers' compensation claims over the years. In this case, 50 employees in an industrial facility were evacuated before anyone suffered severe harm.

According to an incident report, the hazmat team of Middlesex County and firefighters responded to an industrial work site in the township of Edison at approximately 11 a.m. Reportedly, employees of a manufacturer of diesel fuel injection parts were sickened by noxious odors. Emergency workers determined that the toxic fumes came from two leaking 55-gallon drums -- one containing a cleaning solvent for motor parts, and the other one leaked kerosene.

EMTs reportedly identified seven workers who experienced dizziness and nausea and administered oxygen. Emergency workers transport one worker who struggled to breathe to the hospital for treatment. After the evacuation, firefighters secured the damaged drums and vented the toxic fumes from the building.

Although the revolting fumes in this factory caused no life-threatening conditions in this instance, exposure to chemical hazards can be deadly. Victims of work-related injuries or illnesses are entitled to workers' compensation benefits. An experienced New Jersey attorney can explain the way the insurance system works, and then assist with the complicated claims process in pursuit of benefits to cover medical expenses and lost wages. In the event of a fatality, the surviving family members may claim death benefits that will assist with the costs of end-of-life arrangements and provide a wage replacement package.

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