Welders deal with intense heat and potentially dangerous fumes, so if you have an accident at work where do you find trustworthy welding injury advice? If you need help a great place to start is Accident Advice Helpline, which operates a 24-hour free helpline. This has provided thousands of people like you with expert advice and has helped them claim the compensation they deserve.
Determining the extent of your injuries
Before getting advice on your claim, it is important for you to know the exact nature of your welding injury and how severe it is. Injuries to the hands and arms are commonly reported, as these are the areas closest to the welding point. In addition, welding injuries to the eyes and skin, caused by the UV and infrared radiation given off, are also quite common. More subtle injuries experienced by welders are related to the respiratory system, including bronchitis, asthma and manganese poisoning. Though harder to detect, they are equally dangerous if you have been employed as a welder for a number of years.
Reporting the extent of your injuries to your employer should be one of your first priorities. If you do decide to make the claim, you will need to show that you have carried out due diligence and reported the injury, enabling it to be properly documented. Going to your GP and having a medical examination should also be high on your list of things to do. Not only will you learn about the extent of the injury and the treatment options available, you will also receive documented evidence of your injuries from an unbiased, third party. This will become extremely important when it comes to filing your claim and presenting evidence to support your case.
Collecting evidence from your workplace
We understand that accidents at work happen every day, but unless you can prove your employer has been negligent in some way, you will not be able to claim. Companies that have employees working with hazardous chemicals and substances are obliged to carry out a proper risk assessment and must also inform their workers of all the risks involved. It is also the responsibility of the employer to provide personal protective equipment that meets current health and safety regulations.
Think about each of these requirements and ask yourself, “Did my employer fulfil all of their workplace obligations?” If you think they have, then filing a claim against them might not be possible. However, if you can prove negligence in any of the three areas mentioned you might have a case. Ask to see the relevant risk assessment records and if they cannot provide them it may represent negligence; also, carefully examine the workplace conditions and equipment provided. Is the area where you weld properly ventilated; is the equipment they provide sub-standard or unsafe? In order to build your case, document as much as possible by taking photos and obtaining medical reports.
This can be an intimidating process, but all you need to do is phone our 24-hour free helpline at Accident Advice Helpline and we will be happy to provide you with welding injury advice and assist you should you decide to make a claim for compensation.
Date Published: May 19, 2014
Author: David Brown