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Railroad Workers’ Throat and Nasal Cancers Linked to Formaldehyde in Diesel Fumes

In his latest post to our Norfolk Injuryboard blog, my Carolina personal injury law firm colleague Rick Shapiro shares important new information about health risks faced by rail employees for work for Amtrak, CSX, Norfolk Southern and other railroads. Rick notes that federal health officials have listed formaldehyde, which is a component of diesel engine exhaust fumes, as a known carcinogen that can cause cancers of the throat, nasal passages, sinuses and white blood cells. He observes that having strong evidence for the link between exposures to toxic substances and the development of specific occupational diseases makes it more difficult for rail companies to limit or deny their liability for being negligent in ensuring their employees have safe workplaces.

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