Welding exposes workers to a series of potential hazards that could lead to more or less serious, even fatal accidents at work. Some of these hazards include sustaining injuries by:
- Electric shocks
- Exposure to gases and fumes
- Explosions and fires
- Slips, trips or falls
- Exposure to excessive noise
Employers have a duty to prevent work accidents by ensuring workers:
- Are adequately trained in the use of welding equipment
- Read and fully understand instructions for the use of equipment and materials provided by manufacturers
- Carefully review safety data sheets for materials
- Are instructed in relevant internal safety practices
- Provided with adequate personal protective equipment
Making employees aware of potential hazards and providing instructions on how to prevent work-related accidents is equally important, as is maintaining equipment in good working order at all times.
Workers can help to prevent avoid injury when welding by:
- Wearing provided protective gear (dry, fire resistant gloves; breathing equipment where necessary; welding masks/helmets; ear protectors)
- Inspecting equipment and materials for damage before commencing work and allowing only trained professionals to carry out necessary repairs
- Removing any flammable materials from the work area before starting to weld
- Looking out for and removing any slip, trip or fall hazards
- Following safety regulations and safe working procedures at all times
Using common sense and following relevant instructions in this manner will go a long way towards preventing welding accidents.
Should the unexpected happen and you sustain a welding injury in spite of your best efforts, you could be entitled to claim for industrial injury compensation. Your entitlement to work injury compensation depends on when the accident leading to your work injury occurred and who was responsible for the accident. Basically, you can claim for compensation if your personal injury was sustained within the past three years and your work related accident was caused by negligence on your employer’s part or a mistake made by another employee.
How to start a claim
You can get a claim started by filling in the compensation calculator (or 30-second test) on the website of Accident Advice Helpline or by calling our advice line. No-obligation calls to this line are free and completely confidential. Claims for industrial injury compensation are processed under conditional fee agreements by highly skilled in-house lawyers drawing on our years of experience in the claim sector. If you believe you may be entitled to make a compensation claim, call the helpline today on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice