Welding carries inherent risks and you might think to yourself, “Can I claim for an accident as a welder if something goes wrong?” The answer to this question is likely to be yes, but it’s important to understand the whole picture before moving forward with a claim. If you have specific questions do not hesitate to contact Accident Advice Helpline on our 24-hour free helpline. The first thing to understand is where the dangers lie. The temperatures required to join two pieces of metal together is extreme and the fumes this process produces can be potentially fatal. The most common health issues that welders experience are related to the respiratory system and include:
- Occupational asthma – if fumes from certain metals are continuously inhaled for long periods of time, asthma can develop.
- Chronic bronchitis – inhaling fumes may create inflammation of the airways, which can cause coughing and shortness of breath.
- Manganism – when the metal, manganese, is being welded, the fumes can cause manganese poisoning, which affects the nervous system, kidneys and liver, similar to Parkinson’s disease. You are strongly advised not to take any chances and any signs of lethargy, poor hand eye co-ordination or speech difficulties should be reported to your doctor immediately.
All these effects can be mitigated if your employer takes the correct precautions. There are regulations in place that employers must follow to protect their workers from hazardous chemicals and substances. If you are working as a welder, your employer must make risk assessments, provide appropriate safety equipment and inform you of the risks involved with your work. Before you move forward with a compensation claim, ask yourself whether your employer has taken all the necessary precautions.
If you think your employer has been negligent in any of the areas mentioned above all you need to do is call us and ask, “Can I claim for an accident as a welder?” Talking to someone on our Accident Advice Helpline about your working conditions and any symptoms you are experiencing is a good first step. We will listen to the details of your case and one of our expert lawyers will let you know if we think you have a claim. If you are suffering from any symptoms you believe are related to welding fumes and feel your employer did not comply with health and safety legislation, you owe it to yourself and your colleagues to do something about it. Standing up to a big company or corporation can be intimidating, but one of our experienced personal injury lawyers will discuss your rights and represent you should you decide to proceed with a claim.
There are some important things you need to do before we can begin processing the claim. You must ensure the injury or illness is reported and on record. Let your employer know about the injury as soon as possible and then seek medical treatment. If you can obtain evidence in the form of details about working conditions, photos, witnesses, etc. it can be very helpful for building a case against your employer. If you need any assistance during this process our 24-hour free helpline is always available and we will be happy to provide guidance and advice.