Welders, brazers, solderers, and cutters work in a wide variety of industries to join together, or weld, various metals. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are approximately 404,800 welders in the United States, mainly working in the manufacturing and construction industries. Welding is, by nature, a dangerous industry, putting workers and bystanders at-risk for serious and sometimes deadly injuries when exposed to welding hazards and defective welding equipment.
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Types of Welding Injuries
The process of welding produces several types of hazards for workers including hot sparks, metal shards, and radiation that can be harmful to workers’ eyes and skin. In addition to the risks that welding itself brings, welders are often exposed to other dangers while working within other industries.
The most common types of welding injuries include:
- Fume injuries – The fumes produced during welding are made of solid particles. These particles can be deposited into the workers’ lungs and depending on the materials used, can cause many health issues.
- Skin injuries – Welding produces UV radiation which can burn the skin and cause cancer with long-term exposure.
- Eye injuries – The UV radiation and bright light produced when welding can cause serious eye injuries to the eye surface and retina which can lead to cataracts and blindness.
- Electrical shock – Electrical shock is one of the most common types of accidents a welder can face. Typically, these accidents occur when two metal parts that have a voltage between them touch or when a welder touches an electrical circuit while his body touches the material he is welding.
Because welding is dangerous, it is important that welders utilize personal protective equipment (PPE) as mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Due to the unique hazards of the welding, proper ventilation and protective gear is essential to keep safe. OSHA has strict safety guidelines that employers must follow so that welders are kept safe while performing their jobs. Some of these requirements include:
- Ventilation-Confined spaces can trap harmful gasses produced during the welding process.
- Protective clothing-OSHA requires those that are welding to wear protective clothing to prevent radiation exposure and burns.
- Protective eye gear-Dependent on the type of welding being performed, welders should wear helmets, shields, and/or goggles to protect the eyes from hot sparks, metal shards, and radiation.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to negligence on the job site or a defective product, an experienced personal injury lawyer can review your claim and determine if there were unsafe working conditions, potential OSHA violations, and other hazards that may have existed at the time of your accident. They will also determine who may be liable for your injuries and damages and what compensation you may be entitled to.
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