It is possible. Over 20 federal class-action lawsuits were filed in 2008 and 2009 accusing KBR of operating "burn pits" at U.S. bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. The suits claim that employees were exposed to by-products of burning "every type of waste imaginable," including:
- Lithium batteries
- Petroleum-oil-lubricating products
- Hydraulic fluids
- Munitions boxes
- Biohazardous materials (including human remains)
- Medical supplies (including smallpox inoculation equipment)
- Paints and solvents
- Asbestos insulation
- Substances containing pesticides
- Polyvinyl chloride pipes
- Animal carcasses
- Dangerous chemicals
- Plastic water bottles
Soldiers and employees have claimed that these burn pits exposed them to toxic smoke containing dioxin, asbestos and other potentially life-threatening substances. KBR denied the allegations, saying that "at the sites where KBR provides burn pit services, the company does so... in accordance with the relevant provisions" of its contracts as well as "operational guidelines approved by the Army." Still, many of these cases have not yet been settled—and the practice of disposal by “burn pits” goes on.
Our KBR work accident attorneys have seen a number of debilitating worksite and industrial accident injuries. We know that these types of accidents can have life-altering consequences--and that the victims are rarely responsible for the injuries they suffer.
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