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2 injuries common among welders

On Behalf of | Dec 14, 2022 | Workplace Injuries

Welders are always in high demand which means this is a rewarding vocation for those who have the relevant training. The job can pay fairly well and there are numerous industries that require such workers. 

However, the profession doesn’t come without drawbacks, namely that it’s dangerous. Outlined below are two of the more common types of welding-related injuries among welders:

1. Burn wounds

Welding two pieces of metal together requires an awful lot of heat. The process also usually emits sparks, and if these come into contact with the welder’s skin, they can do serious damage. 

The UV light from sparks during welding also poses a potential danger to the eyes. Much like the sun, this light should never be looked at directly. This is why it’s so important that welders are provided with the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as gloves, safety glasses and visors. Even then, however, burns are always possible when welding.

2. Respiratory injuries

It’s possible that the heat from welding can cause small fires and even explosions, both of which can release toxic fumes that cause respiratory problems when breathed in. 

Even when welding is occurring without incident, there is always a constant source of fumes being released from whatever flux is used. Thus, workspaces should be adequately ventilated at all times. 

A work-related accident can put you out of action for a long time, and you won’t be earning any income. Seeking workers’ compensation can relieve you of some of the financial pressure while you recover and make sure your medical needs from the accident are met. Having legal guidance can help you claim everything you are rightfully due.