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Staying safe while welding

On Behalf of | Jul 8, 2016 | Workplace Injuries

When a New Jersey worker engages in any type of fusion welding, it can result in visible fumes that can be hazardous to that worker’s health. If a worker is exposed to these fumes for a short period of time, it could cause a nauseous feeling or irritation to the eyes or throat. However, long-term exposure to these fumes may lead to serious issues such as cancer or damage to the nervous system or internal organs.

As there are many health hazards that a worker can face while welding, it is important to understand the steps that can be taken to mitigate the possible risks. First, it is critical to work in spaces that have proper ventilation, and it is a good idea to stay upwind of any potential fumes. Protective equipment may be necessary to enhance ventilation while working in confined spaces.

In some instances, welding surfaces can become coated with toxic substances. Therefore, it may be a good idea to wipe down equipment or any other surface as it could reduce the amount of toxic chemicals a worker may become exposed to. Welders and others should pay special attention while working with helium, argon and carbon dioxide. They can pose especially high suffocation risks in closed areas because they displace oxygen in the air.

While workers’ compensation is typically associated with injuries resulting from a workplace accident, it can also cover occupational diseases, such as those resulting from toxic exposure, as well. However, the link between the disease and a workplace environment may be far more difficult to prove, which is why having the assistance of an attorney when preparing the required claim for benefits could be important.