Long term exposure to diesel fumes increases the risk of many life-threatening conditions including cancer and chronic obstructive lung disease. Diesel exhaust contains carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, nitric oxide, benzene, and many other chemicals that many scientists believe cause cancer. When diesel fuel is combusted, these dangerous substances can be inhaled, damaging lung tissue and causing disease.
Diesel exhaust fumes increase the risk of lung cancer, and are associated with several other types of cancer, including cancer of the larynx and esophagus. A recent study, published in the European Heart Journal, found exposure to diesel exhaust fumes can also raise the risk of a heart attack. Diesel exhaust can aggravate existing respiratory conditions, such as bronchitis, emphysema and asthma.
Railroad workers are particularly at risk. Brakemen, engineers, conductors, engine repair workers, and many other railroaders are often exposed to dangerous amounts of diesel exhaust fumes on the job. Many railroads knew the health hazards of diesel exhaust fumes several decades ago, but workers continue to be exposed to diesel fumes.
Railroad workers who were exposed to diesel exhaust fumes over a long period of time and have been diagnosed with lung cancer or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, should contact an experienced lawyer. If you are a railroad worker who has been injured by exposure to diesel fumes or diesel exhaust, please feel free to call us for more information at 1-800-374-2144 or contact us through email.