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Common welding injuries and how to avoid them

On Behalf of | Jun 2, 2022 | Types Of Work-Related Injuries, Workers' Compensation |

Many California residents experience on-the-job injuries. Welding is one of the careers that carry higher risks. Certain injuries are common in this field, but it’s possible to prevent them.

Burn injuries

Many of the common injuries welding workers can experience are serious to the point of workers’ compensation claims being filed. Burns are very common as it’s possible to come into direct contact with flames while working. This injury is often suffered by workers who lack adequate training. However, when welders are trained to use the equipment necessary for their jobs and wear personal protective equipment, they can avoid such injuries.

Electric shock injuries

Electric shock is another injury that can affect welders. This is a serious injury that could be fatal. Workers can stay safer by avoiding direct contact with electrical and metal components while working, using insulation and only wearing dry clothing and protective gear.

Respiratory illnesses

Welding is a profession that involves toxic fumes lingering in the air. Workers can become ill with respiratory diseases if they inhale these fumes. Over time, it’s possible for welders to suffer from chronic bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia, COPD or even lung cancer when exposed. The use of PPE and face masks such as N95 masks for protection could prevent this from happening and keep workers safer.

Eye injuries

Welders can sometimes suffer eye injuries on the job that could compromise their vision. The eyes can be affected when not protected by special goggles. Not only can overexposure to overly bright light damage a worker’s eyes, but fragments shooting into the eyes can also cause injuries and even blindness. If an eye burn occurs, it could affect the cornea in the same way as a sunburn. With prompt medical treatment, the burn can heal after several days.

If you suffered on-the-job injuries, you have a right to file a workers’ compensation claim.