If you work in an environment where you are put in confined spaces for long amounts of time, then you may have a personal injury case on your hands. This is because being in a small space which has limited opens for entry and exit creates unfavorable ventilation. As a result, the air that you are breathing in your small spot may be contaminated, causing you to develop chronic illnesses later on in life. Most of the time, these confined spaces are not meant for continual employee occupancy, and you can argue that you have been treated wrongly if you were forced into this space for hours or spend most of your work week in small spaces like those in this list. The confined spaces that are normally referred to in this lawsuits are storage tanks, compartments on ships, silos, vats, reaction vessels, sewers, tunnels, pipelines, process vessels, degreasers, ventilation ducts, and underground utility vaults, just to name a few.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, 100 people died from being forced into a confined space at work in the year 2000. About 92 people every year die because of the toxic fumes that may be inhaled in these small, poorly-ventilated spaces. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that the Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation Program has been monitoring the closed space lawsuits and wrongful death incidents for years, Most recently, a man died when he entered a sawdust storage silo and was engulfed in the dust. The man suffocated in the silo, and was already dead by the time that his coworkers dug him out of the large hollow tower. If your loved one was killed in a horrible instance like this one, or you have developed a chronic illness from the poor ventilation in a confined space, then contact a personal injury attorney today to seek compensation!