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Diesel/Chemical Fumes – Benzene – Leukemia (Part II)

Written by our personal injury lawyers in Charlottesville

Part II discusses the link between on-the-job benzene exposures to railroad workers and Leukemia.

Exposure to Benzene containing petroleum products, and chemicals may cause Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) and Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL). Benzene was banned in the U.S. over twenty (20) years ago. But products containing benzene still pose a danger to workers using or working near these petroleum and chemical products.

Many workers on the railroad come into contact with benzene by breathing it into their lungs from diesel fumes, chemical fumes, or by coming into direct contact with chemical solvents containing benzene. Cancer/Leukemia in railroad workers can be caused by even small amounts of exposure. Long-term exposure to benzene in the air can cause acute Leukemia. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the EPA, and the Department of Health and Human Services have determined that benzene is a known carcinogen.

Acute Leukemia

Acute Leukemia is a cancer of the blood and will be discussed further in Part III of the Diesel Fumes/Chemicals – Benzene – Leukemia series by the Wilson & Hajek law firm of Charlottesville, VA.

Railroad workers can collect for injuries. Call the law firm of Wilson & Hajek.

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