Welding can be described as an art and a science which fascinates many. However, it is very important for welders and their employers to ensure that great care is taken when welding is done in order to avoid a workplace injury. Tennessee employers must ensure that the equipment used by their welders complies with the required safety standards and that safe work practices are instilled in their welders as appropriate work habits.
The most common types of welding are oxygen-fuel and electric welding. Both have specific safety issues which need to be taken into consideration. One of the most prominent hazards welders can be exposed to relates to the gases emitted while welding. Exposure to gases depends on the environment in which the welding takes place, as well as the material which is used.
A number of work-related injuries have resulted from welding accidents. In one such incident, a welder was electrocuted when he came into contact with the materials he was welding while his clothes were wet with perspiration. In another incident, welders working on snow removal equipment, which was coated in a Teflon-like material, required medical treatment after they inhaled hazardous fumes from the coating.
Welders in Tennessee should consider their safety as well as the safety of their colleagues when working. However, their employers also carry a responsibility to ensure that the proper safety measures are taken and that their welders are fully informed about what they are working on, where they will be working and any potential dangers. Welders who have suffered a workplace injury while performing their job are typically entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, regardless of fault. Consultation with a lawyer experienced in handling workplace injury claims is a reasonable choice following an on-the-job accident.
Source: ohsonline.com, “Welding Safety and Health Considerations“, Greg Zigulis, Accessed on Dec. 29, 2015