Regularly working with temperatures that are higher than that of lava, it’s no wonder that welding is one of the most dangerous jobs on the planet. However, many welders manage to have a whole career in the industry without injury, which just goes to show that if proper safety procedures at adhered to, injury can be prevented in almost every case.
The dangers of welding
Welders face a myriad of dangers on a daily basis including burning, electrocution, fires, explosions, and asphyxiation due to toxic fumes. What is less well-known, however, is that welders also often suffer from long-term injuries such as repetitive strain injury due to having to hold the heavy welding tool for long periods every day, eye strain and damage from having to look into very bright lights on a regular basis and long-term illness caused by the inhalation of toxic fumes over a long period of time.
Staying safe when welding
Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to prevent both accident and long-term injury when welding. It goes without saying that you should never work without the proper protective clothing and equipment, but it is worth pointing out that this protective clothing should always be fully buttoned and zipped up – no skin should be showing. It’s amazing the damage that can be done from just one spark going inside a collar or boot cuff.
Welders should, of course, never work without a helmet, but it’s helpful if this helmet is auto-darkening. This means that the helmet itself will immediately darken according to the amount of light available. Auto-darkening helmets are helpful because they mean that welders don’t have to be temporarily blinded by immediate light or darkness.
Most welders know that they should always lean away from any fumes created during the welding process, but it’s also helpful to have an exhaust hood which sucks away any potentially dangerous fumes and ensures that the welder always has plenty of clean air available.
Injuries received as a welder
If you have received an injury in the course of your duties as a welder, you may be entitled to claim personal injury compensation. This is because your employer has a duty of care to keep you safe at work, which includes providing you with the proper equipment, safety gear, training and supervision. To find out more about employer negligence, contact our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline.
Date Published: February 28, 2014
Author: David Brown