You use a jackhammer regularly. It is an efficient way to get through stone, brick, or concrete. However, silica may be among the particles released from the stone, brick, concrete, or other substance that you are jackhammering. Accordingly, it is important to protect yourself from inhaling the silica so that you can do your best to prevent the development of serious lung diseases such as silicosis.
Protection from Silica Exposure
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the best way to protect yourself from silica inhalation and silica-related diseases is with wet silica dust control methods. For example, it might be helpful to wet the surface before jackhammering into it so that the dust is controlled and less dust is released into the air. This is effective when the water mist is continually sprayed into the spot where the jackhammer is operating. Even with wet silica dust control, respiratory protection is also important, in case any dust particles are released into the air. Respiratory protection may include respirators and are especially important when working in an enclosed space or in an area with multiple jackhammers.
Call a New Jersey Construction Injury Attorney if You've Been Hurt
If you have developed silicosis or another respiratory disease after working on a construction site, then it is important to contact an experienced New Jersey construction lawyer for more information about your possible recovery. Our lawyers would be pleased to answer your questions. Please call us today at 1-800-362-9329, and read our free pamphlet, Hurt in a Construction Accident? You're Not Alone, for more information.