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Welding may be dangerous

As New Jersey workers may know, there are many dangers associated with welding. However, by using an appropriate safety protocol, a welder might lower his or her risk.

It is important for a welder to be aware of possible dangers in the area where the activity occurs. For instance, such items as loose clothing or another combustible material need to be out of the way. Sparks from the welder's equipment may cause the items to catch fire. The room itself may be such that a fire can start easily. Having this in mind and checking the area before starting to weld is one way to avoid combustion.

There are other environmental factors to consider. For example, there may be cracks in the structure, and slags may fall into them. This could be responsible for fires later on. If there are pipes or tanks in the area, checking on the contents is essential. Combustible liquids or gas might result in an explosion if sparks come too close. Even gas lines entering the facility might ignite if vapors are leaking into the environment. While attention is often given to indoor welding, being aware of outdoor hazards is important. Grass and shrubs, particularly in dry weather, might catch fire easily. A worker may also be injured while welding. The light from a welding gun is very intense and can cause eye injury without wearing safety glasses. Over time, fumes may affect welders, so wearing a mask may help. Without wearing clothing that is fire resistant, there is a risk of burns.

A welder who is injured in an on-the-job accident may be eligible to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits. An attorney who has experience in this area can explain the filing process to an injured worker while outlining the types of benefits that may be available.

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