The construction workplace is full of hazards, especially for those working with combustible materials. While some dangers come with the job, many of those that welders face can be avoided. Workplace safety is not just the responsibility of the people who own the company, it is also the responsibility of the supervisors to implement and maintain a safe workplace, from building a skyscraper to small garages.
Welding Burn Injury
With many forms of steel taking up to 2800 degrees Fahrenheit to melt, the average welder faces many dangers, not the least of which are burns. The welding process can emit UV rays and bright flashes that can burn exposed skin instantly without making direct contact. Another burn danger in welding involves the stray sparks that can also result in long term damage. The heating of metal also produces extremely concentrated rays that can result in severe sun burns.
Welding Flash Burn Injury
When UV light is created in the process of welding and is absorbed by the eyes, it can also cause serious vision damage, which is often referred to as welder's flash or ultraviolet keratitis. Prolonged exposure to this UV radiation can lead to chronic solar toxicity, which can lead to serious ocular surface disorders such as pinguecula (non-cancerous growths in the eye), pterygium (corneal growth), climatic droplet keratopathy (degenerative eye condition), squamous metaplasia (non-cancerous change in the lining cells), and even carcinoma (cancer).
Other Types of Welding Injury
In addition to burns, welders can also face a number of other dangers on the worksite including:
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- Injury to the ears
- Slip and falls
- Heat exhaustion
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Inhalation of manganese, which has been linked to Parkinson's disease
Welding Injury Attorney
If you or someone you know has been injured on the job as a welder, contact an attorney immediately to determine if you have a cause of action against the employer. At Arnold & Itkin we offer clients a free consultation, and there is no fee for our services unless we win your case.