The label “creosote” applies to a number of products, such as wood creosote, coal tar, and coal tar pitch volatiles. These creosote products are complex chemical compounds, derived from wood, coal, or the resin of the creosote bush. Coal tar creosote is the most frequently used wood treatment and preservative in the US. Since it is so widely used, creosote is quite common in our environment, especially near wood treatment facilities.
Creosote Health Effects
Creosote is a toxic substance that can seep into the soil and groundwater, potentially harming those who ingest it. Known to cause cancer for more than two decades, exposure to creosote can cause a wide array of other heath effects such as:
- Severe rash or skin irritation
- Mouth, throat and stomach pain
- Kidney or liver damage
- Mental confusion
Jobs at Risk for Creosote Exposure
Below are some jobs / industries where you may be at risks for creosote exposure:
- Tire & Rubber factory workers
- Iron & Steel
- Aluminum workers
- Asphalt workers
Contact a Lawyer
If you or a loved one were exposed to creosote and are suffering serious health effects you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact an experienced injury lawyer to learn more about your legal rights.