Nobody clocks in to work thinking they will be exposed to cancer-causing chemicals. Unfortunately, this may be the reality for thousands of people working in the textile industry. Manufacturing clothes involves using synthetic dyes and fabrics that can cause deadly illnesses such as lung cancer, breast cancer, mesothelioma, or reproductive problems. Textile workers may be directly inhaling toxic chemicals like formaldehyde, arsenic, and cadmium. Carter’s, one of the largest manufacturers of baby clothes, is allegedly one of the worst corporations in the textile industry regarding this issue.
Why would corporations bring their workers face-to-face with chemicals known to be carcinogenic to humans?
Workers Must Be Protected
Chemical usage may be necessary to properly bond fabrics or add a design with dye. However, there needs to be some form of protection in place for clothing factory workers. To keep workers safe, organizations should enforce the following measures:
- Use natural fabrics in the manufacturing process
- Equip workers with masks
- Regularly measure the amount of toxic chemicals in the air
- Address the problem by telling workers of associated health risks
Life-Threatening Health Risks If Left Unprotected
Textile workers deserve to do their jobs without having to fear for their health. People involved in the dyeing, bleaching, or finishing processes are at higher risk of developing certain cancers by being exposed to toxic chemicals. Some of the irreversible health risks associated with these jobs are:
- Reproductive problems
- Bladder cancer
- Lung cancer
- Breast cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Gastrointestinal cancer
Knowing the signs of these diseases can be helpful if your loved one comes home with potential symptoms. If recognized and treated early, progression of some of these illnesses can be slowed or stopped.
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Other Industries with Occupational Cancer Risks
Unfortunately, occupational illnesses are common in more industries than just textile manufacturing. You may also be exposed to similar illnesses if you work in one of the following areas:
- Hair styling
- Nail Technician
- Rubber manufacturing
It may be difficult to determine if your job caused your cancer, but it is not impossible.
Corporations should not allow people to spend 40 hours a week dealing with potentially life-threatening chemicals.
Pintas & Mullins Can Help
Let our team of experienced toxic chemical lawyers assist you in making your legal claim. No matter what illness you developed, you may be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries. Call us for a free legal consultation today to discuss your case: (800) 614-4857