Welders, solderers, cutters and brazers all utilize hazardous equipment in their welding related occupations. Employment of this nature has inherent risks and hazards to workers; not only by virtue of the type of work it is, but often the location of where the work is performed as well. With more than 500,000 workers in welding industries, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the risk of fatal injuries is at a rate exceeding four deaths per thousand workers. A welding arc creates temperatures of up to 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit. While there is danger of direct burns, there are additional hazards from the intense heat at and around the area being “welded”. Spatter and sparking can extend to 35 feet from the welding space.
Injuries from Welding
Injuries to those who use welding equipment include those to the eyes, skin, and respiratory system. Eye injuries are the most common types of injuries and account for approximately one fourth of all welding injuries. Fire and heat related burns, electrocution and occasionally explosions can cause significant injuries. Welding underwater includes similar risks in addition to the potential for drowning and hypothermia, etc. Electric shock can lead to a fall or may cause or exacerbate heart problems. Injuries can also result from chemical exposure causing burns, lung and brain injuries.
When companies fail to provide a safe work environment including proper safety equipment for workers, or fail to adequately maintain equipment resulting in accidents, they may be liable for a welder’s injuries and related losses.
It would be well advised to contact an experienced New Jersey welding accident lawyer that is well versed in other personal injury and work related accidents. Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari has handled numerous claims surrounding welding and other construction issues. Please contact us at (973) 635-5400 for more information.