When working on building or constructions sites, most risks and hazards are relatively obvious. However one of the less obvious hazards is handling and dealing with lead.
Lead is a toxic substance that builds up in the body, posing serious health risks to those exposed to it. When you, or one of your employees, work with lead, it accumulates on your skin and clothing in the form of dust. It can be ingested or inhaled or ingested, which can damage the lungs, kidneys, nervous system, intestines and reproductive system.
There is no cure for lead poisoning, and should an employee suffer illness as a direct result of work you asked them to carry out, you could suffer a significant claim under the employers liability element of your Construction Insurance.