We all have the right to a safe and healthful workplace, and special laws are in place to protect the rights of workers if they are harmed on the job, or as a result of their workplace environment.
Bearing this in mind, our Chicago personal injury lawyers were especially concerned to read about the results of a 20-year study from the National Cancer Institute showing new evidence that exposure to exhaust from diesel engines at work significantly increases employees’ risk of lung cancer.
A report this week published by MSNBC detailed the results of the investigation; although diesel exhaust has long been classified as a probable carcinogen, the extent of the danger was not fully understood. The analysis of more than 12,000 workers in different kinds of mines (facilities that mined for potash, lime and other nonmetals) were found to have three times the risk of death from lung cancer from having breathed exhaust from diesel-powered equipment at work, compared to workers with lower levels of exposure to diesel exhaust. Nevertheless, even mine employees with lower levels of exposure had a 50% increased risk of death from lung cancer, as compared to the general population.