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Common dangers to welders

On Behalf of | Jun 9, 2022 | Firm News |

Welders are a common sight in workshops across Pennsylvania. This type of job is essential in both the production of new products and repairing damaged goods.  

Unfortunately, due to various factors, such as intense light and heat, welding can be a particularly dangerous vocation. Outlined below are some of the more common types of injuries associated with welding

Eye injuries 

As previously stated, welding involves intense light. When someone operating this equipment stares directly into this intense light, their eyes can be damaged. 

There is a condition that is commonly referred to as arc eye, which accounts for a significant number of welding-related eye injuries. People afflicted with this condition are likely to experience extreme pain, bloodshot as well as irritation. Depending on the extent of the damage, a lengthy recovery period may be required.

Respiratory damage 

As welding involves various metals, it is not uncommon for toxic fumes to be emitted during repairs or production. 

Some of the more common toxic gasses emitted from this type of work include Argon, Carbon Monoxide and Hydrogen Fluoride. If these are inhaled, they can do significant damage to a person’s respiratory system. 

Fostering a safe work environment 

Companies have a duty to keep employees as safe as possible. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and adequate safety procedures can go a long way to implementing this. 

Unfortunately, no matter how careful employers and workers are, accidents can still happen. If you have been seriously hurt on the job, you may be able to claim legal compensation for your suffering and lost wages.