Frequent exposure to coke oven emissions increases the risk of developing lung cancer
Coke is a fuel that contains carbon made from coal which is preponderantly used in the manufacturing process of steel and iron. The emissions of coke ovens involve dust, vapors, and gases, as well as various carcinogenic substances such as arsenic and cadmium.
Consequently, people who work in coking plants and coal-tar production plants have a high risk of developing severe conditions, including lung cancer.
Moreover, exposure to coke oven emissions may occur for workers in the aluminum, steel, graphite, electrical, and construction industries. Nevertheless, communities may also be affected by coke oven emissions if they are in close proximity to these facilities. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, coke oven emissions are a known human carcinogen. The following are the diseases and conditions you can develop if you were heavily exposed to coke oven emissions:
- severe dermatitis
- lesions of the respiratory system
- lesions of the digestive system
- esophageal cancer
- lung cancer
- bronchial cancer
- kidney cancer
- prostate cancer
It is worthy of note that chemicals recovered from coke oven emissions are used as raw materials for manufacturing items such as plastics, solvents, dyes, paints, and insulation. If you or your community came to struggle with diseases as a result of coke oven emissions exposure, you are entitled to financial compensation, which our attorneys will gladly help you obtain from the responsible companies. We will file a lawsuit or a class-action lawsuit against each and every liable party so that you can benefit from the largest sum of money you deserve for your suffering.