Steelworkers are regularly exposed to hazards that make the job a very dangerous one. The dangers of being a steelworker could lead to accidents which can cause serious injuries and fatalities, and if you’ve been injured at work and somebody else is at fault, you could find yourself eligible to claim personal injury compensation. We take a look at a few of the dangers that steelworkers can face on a daily basis:
Hazards affecting steelworkers
- Falls from height. Steelworkers may often be employed to work on bridges or other tall buildings. Safety nets, harnesses and other equipment should be used to minimise the risk of falling from height, but accidents still can and do happen, often with fatal consequences.
- Burns. Steelworkers usually carry out welding on a regular basis and could suffer scorches or severe burns to their hands and limbs. It’s important that personal protective equipment (PPE) is provided for wear.
- Eye injuries. Sparks from welding and debris can fly into the eyes, if protective eyewear is not worn, causing serious damage or even blindness. The bright light that welding emits can also cause damage to your eyes.
- Muscle strain/back injuries. Steelworkers are often expected to lift heavy steel and assist with loading and unloading vehicles. This can lead to muscle strain and back or shoulder injuries which could cause chronic pain. Even when cranes or other equipment is used to lift heavy steel, stretching or reaching can still lead to injuries.
- Cuts. Daily contact with sharp metal and tools used for cutting puts steelworkers at risk of lacerations on a regular basis, as they could slice their hands or limbs. Infection could occur and stitches or other medical treatment may be required.
Are you a steelworker who has been injured at work?
Whilst the dangers of being a steelworker are many, you and your employer can both take steps to ensure your safety at work. But if you’ve been injured and you believe your employer could have done more to prevent your accident at work, we can help you. For over 15 years we’ve been helping steelworkers, miners and other workers claim compensation for accidents caused by somebody else’s negligence.
You can call Accident Advice Helpline’s freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 and find out if you’re eligible to make a claim, or why not take the 30-second test on our website and see how much compensation you could be entitled to?