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Know the illness and injury hazards if your job involves welding

On Behalf of | Oct 10, 2022 | Workplace Safety

A valuable advantage of having specialized skills is that you can usually find jobs with lucrative pay and other meaningful benefits. Welding is one such skill that is in high demand across a range of Ohio industries, including:

  • Railroad
  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing

People choose to learn this skill to secure steady work, but welding jobs can expose you to numerous workplace hazards. Before you add welding to your skill set, be sure you understand the injury risks you could face.

Explosions and fires

Extreme heat is a byproduct of welding and could result in fires or explosions. If your work area contains flammable materials or debris, they could ignite from sparks or high ambient heat. Failure to use safety gear may also expose your body to dangerously high temperatures.

Electrical shocks

A low-level shock usually does little harm, but severe electrical shocks can result in injury and sometimes death. Welders are generally at a high risk of workplace injuries due to electrical shocks. Always use personal protective equipment (PPE) to minimize your on-the-job shock risks.

Exposure to toxic materials

When you weld, it fills the immediate vicinity with dangerous toxic gasses and fumes. Exposure to these substances can lead to severe respiratory conditions and even cancer. Using PPE significantly reduces the illness and injury risks welders face from toxic exposure.

Welders working for a business or company usually enjoy workers’ compensation coverage. Such coverage ensures you get free medical care, lost wage replacement and other benefits after a work-related injury or illness. Reporting the injury and filing a workers’ compensation claim are two of the first steps toward obtaining these benefits.