Every occupation has its unique injury risks. Some positions and fields are at a greater risk of work-related injuries than others, but none are completely devoid of injury risks. As an employee, it is in your best interest to educate yourself about the specific injury risks of your job and how you can avoid them.
Welders, like others in physically-demanding jobs, are at risk for a variety of work-related injuries. Below are a few of the most common ways welders can be injured and how you can reduce your chance of suffering each type of injury.
Illness and Injuries from Exposure to Toxic Fumes
Welders are exposed to the fumes of many toxic gases through their work, which can lead to workplace illnesses. In the short term, exposure to these fumes can cause dizziness, nausea, and irritation in the eyes, nose, and throat. In the long term, it can cause kidney damage and cancer to the lungs, larynx, and urinary tract.
Reducing your exposure to toxic fumes is the key to reducing your chance of contracting an illness. Stand upwind of the fumes and always protect your face with eye and lower face gear. Always work either outdoors or in a well-ventilated space.
Whenever a welder enters an electrical circuit, which is done when the welder touches two or more metal objects that contain electrical current, they are at risk of being shocked. An electrical shock can have serious, even deadly, complications.
To avoid electric shock, wear thick, dry gloves when working with any electrical components. Never touch electrical equipment while wearing wet clothing. Always inspect electrode holders thoroughly for damage before beginning work and never touch one to your bare skin.
Welders work with extremely hot materials. This puts them at risk of being burned while working, which can cause irreparable damage to the skin, tissue, and even organs and bones in extreme cases.
To reduce your chance of being burned on the job, know which items and materials are flammable and remove them from your work area before you begin to work.
Cherry Hill Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at DiTomaso Law Represent Injured Workers Seeking Compensation
Even if you take all the necessary precautions to reduce your chance of being injured on the job, there is still the possibility that you will be hurt in a workplace accident. When this occurs, you can generally seek Workers’ Compensation to cover your medical bills and lost wages. To learn more, speak with a member of our team of experienced Cherry Hill Workers’ Compensation lawyers at DiTomaso Law. Complete our online form or call us at 856-414-0010 to set up your initial consultation in our New Jersey offices. We represent injured clients from Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey.