Welding is a construction activity that poses serious health and safety risks to hundreds of thousands of construction workers. Statistics show that over 1 in 250 construction workers will suffer fatal injuries from welding over a working lifetime. Because of the risks and dangers associated with welding there are regulations that require certain safety measures be taken. These safety measures are intended to reduce the risks of welding.
Welding can be dangerous in a variety of ways. Not only are there injuries that can be immediately felt, such as burns, but there can be injuries that take time to develop. Some of the hazards of welding include the following:
Protection from these types of injuries usually comes in the form of protective eyewear and clothing. Most welders avoid exposure to UV and IR by wearing a welder's helmet or goggles.
Employers are required to assess all hazards of the workplace and address them appropriately. The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) requires that a workplace be safe and that any hazards be remedied. When it comes to welding, you employer must determine what hazards there are and whether protective equipment is necessary.
If you've been injured in a welding accident you may have a case against your employer. Even if you haven't been injured but your workplace is full of hazards you may be able to file a claim with OSHA against you employer. An experienced construction lawyer can advise you of your rights and what remedies are available to you.
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