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Wisconsin work injury caused from chlorine gas exposure

Wisconsin employers are required by law to provide the safest possible working conditions to their employees and follow state mandated guidelines to minimize work injury. When regulations are ignored or intentionally violated, employees can suffer work injury that is irreversible and damaging. A worker who is hurt due to the negligence of their employer may feel anger and injustice as they try to understand workers' compensation and the benefits they may be entitled to.

A Wisconsin aluminum company recently received $77,472 in citations in connection with an employee having been purportedly exposed to chlorine gas. The company faces a myriad of accusations and 13 violations with the Wisconsin Occupational Safety and Health Administration regarding the incident. They include the inability to measure exposure of toxic gas, emergency safety responses, lack of preventative safety measures and improper storage among other violations.

The work injury occurred when an aluminum worker was completing a cylinder change, and was reported as having become sick from chlorine gas exposure. An investigation took place following the report and uncovered a series of company response failures. Employers at the aluminum workplace failed to remove additional workers from the area exposed to chlorine gas during the cylinder change and did not complete a safety evaluation to determine risk and hazard.

Exposure to chlorine gas can cause health risks to a person's central nervous system, their lungs and throat and in severe cases cause a fatality. A Wisconsin worker who has suffered a work injury from exposure to toxic gas or chemicals may be in need of long-term medical care and treatment. Workers' compensation benefits are available for those who are injured while on the job to help with expenses necessary to heal and avoid financial hardship.

Source:, OSHA fines Wisconsin aluminum smelter for safety violations, No author, March 12, 2014

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