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Diesel Exhaust Cancer Lawsuit

Diesel Exhaust Cancer Lawsuit

Railroad workers who often breathe diesel exhaust from trains are 40% more likely to develop lung cancer, according to recent studies. They may also face higher rates of lung disease with asthma-like symptoms.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting diesel exhaust induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with lung cancer, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Train & Railroad Worker Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

Diesel Exhaust and Lung Cancer

Diesel exhaust is a mixture of tiny particles of soot and gases, including hundreds of toxins known to cause health problems. When inhaled, these particles cause lung inflammation. At least 35 studies published over the last three decades have found a 20-50% increased risk of lung cancer among workers who are exposed to diesel exhaust on the job.

Railroad Diesel Fume & Exhaust Exposure

The railroad industry converted from steam-powered engines to diesel locomotives in the 1950s. In the early years, there were many sources of exposure to diesel exhaust. The early locomotives were much smokier than they are today. In the early years, engines would leak fumes into the cab — especially in tunnels. Repair shops had very poor ventilation because they were designed for steam engines.

Study Links Railroad Work and Lung Cancer

Railraod workers are 40% more likely to develop lung cancer, according to a study by Harvard researchers. The conclusions were based on 55,000 railroad workers over 38 years in 30 job categories.

Railroad Workers Exposed to Diesel Fumes

  • Brakemen
  • Switchmen
  • Engineers
  • Conductors
  • Carmen
  • Repair workers
  • Locomotive and diesel engine shop workers

OSHA Hazard Alert on Diesel Fumes

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a Hazard Alert on diesel fumes in 2013. The agency warned that short-term exposure can cause nausea, dizziness, and lung irritation. Long-term exposure is also associated with cardiovascular disease and lung cancer.

Other Workers Exposed to Diesel Fumes

  • Miners
  • Construction workers
  • Heavy equipment operators
  • Bridge and tunnel workers
  • Oil and gas workers
  • Loading dock workers
  • Truck drivers
  • Material handling operators
  • Farm and agricultural workers
  • Long-shorting workers
  • Auto, truck, and bus maintenance garage workers

Do I have a Diesel Exhaust Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting diesel exhaust induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with lung cancer, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Train & Railroad Worker Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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