COAL DENSITY TEST
West Virginia coal-prep workers risk serious health problems from a hazardous industrial chemical
January 28, 2009 – Many workers in West Virginia coal preparation labs (where they test the density of coal for market) are unaware of the serious health risks they face from industrial chemicals.
Perchloroethylene or “PERC,” a harmful solvent routinely used in coal prep labs, is known to cause serious neurological injuries to laboratory workers who breathe excessive amounts of the solvent’s vapor on a daily basis. The signature injury associated with PERC is “Central Nervous Disease.” Symptoms of long-term exposure include:
PERC used in coal density test
PERC is also known to cause cancer. Three government health agencies recognize PERC as a probable carcinogen, including the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the National Toxicology Program, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
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If you have developed any health problems while working in a West Virginia coal prep lab (known in the trade as “float/sink labs”), you are urged to contact the personal injury law firm of Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C. for a free legal consultation. At no cost to you, we will determine your eligibility to receive financial rewards for medical bills, lost wages and damages.
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