Everyone, whether in the workplace or at home, comes into daily contact with substances and processes that can cause disabling injuries such as occupational asthma and death from unintentional ingestion of a toxic chemical. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration workers in the United States are exposed to more than 650,000 hazardous chemical products annually. The number of such products increases by the thousands every year. The International Labor Organization found that hazardous substances kill approximately 438,000 employees worldwide annually. Moreover, ten percent of all skin cancers are traceable to excessive exposures to hazardous substances in the workplace.
Effective litigation support for matters involving workplace and household exposures requires special skills sets and knowledge possessed by the technical staff of Consulting Engineers and Scientists, Inc. Our staff routinely knit together many disciplines within chemistry, physics, materials engineering, environmental science, chemical hazards, and federal, state and local regulations.
Prompt investigation, assessment, and documentation by the appropriate expert are especially important in litigation involving hazardous materials and processes.
An accident site, be it the burned skin of an individual or an accidental chemical spill on a roadway is subject to rapid change: Solvents evaporate. Non-volatile liquids drain into concrete and soil. Reactive materials may decompose to become a different substance. Public or worker health and safety may require immediate removal of containers and site cleanup.
Changes will also occur by natural environmental processes, new construction and unauthorized alteration. A site investigation documents conditions that will be used to assist in determining the nature, cause and responsibility for an excessive exposure or accident. A timely, thorough investigation defines the circumstances, secures evidence and data, and minimizes speculation.
Please contact us to discuss your hazardous material issue.