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Welding Accidents on Construction Sites Can Cause Serious Injuries or Fatalities
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Welding tasks are considered to be some of the most strenuous jobs in the construction industry due to the exposure of intense heat, pressure, potentially dangerous fumes, and even radiation that can harm the eyes and skin. Even if you are not the one directly working with the equipment, there are many dangerous surrounding the equipment and procedures that can cause a construction accident. Millions of workers a year are exposed to the dangers of welding and many are also often injured or affect by the intense environment over time. If you were injured or your health was seriously affected due to welding tasks on the job, Proner & Proner can help legally fight for you and get you coverage for medical bills and lost wages. Contact our offices today for a free consultation for your welding construction site accident in New York.
Accidents involving welding have a wide variety of different dangerous factors that can cause serious injuries in the workplace. You can have anything from severe eye blinding to electrocution. The following is a list of the most common causes of injuries when working in welding:
As mentioned, with how intense the environmental factors are with welding work, it is common for serious injuries to occur and disabilities to arise from constant exposure to extreme temperatures, dangerous fumes, etc. The following are some of the most common serious injuries involving welding accidents or overtime exposure:
There is also a disease that has arisen from exposure overtime from environmental factors involving welding jobs. The condition has been given the name Manganism (Welders’ Parkinson’s Disease). What happens is that the manganese in welding rods can destroy brain cells and cause nerve damage overtime. Welding tasks release toxic manganese molecules which can be inhaled and severely affect and harm the nervous system. Exposure to this substance may reduce dopamine levels. This affected brain chemical is a neurotransmitter responsible for normal motor function, emotions, and motivation. Patients with manganism exhibit problems with balance, stiff muscles, and limitations with moving facial muscles. Welders can also experience short-term memory loss, slurred speech, sleep disorders, emotional instability, and judgment impairment.
Supervisors are responsible for educating welding workers on workplace hazards and ensuring that the minimum safety standards and OSHA welding regulations are met to prevent accidents and injuries. Proper training to properly handle welding equipment and tools is also crucial. Welding tasks are not just dangerous directly but can also result in secondary injuries due to lightheadedness from inhalation of fumes or fatigue from the strenuousness of the work. Falls and other accidents can often follow due to the worker’s lack of awareness and mental stability.
Welders are usually required to wear welding helmets and shields, safety goggles, and protective clothing to guard against optical radiation to the eyes and skin. Ventilation and respiratory masks should be used to protect welders from dangerous toxic fumes produced during the welding process. Radiation can be especially dangerous as it may be reflected into welding helmets and penetrate from the tops and the sides, causing exposure even when preventive measures are taken.
Injured workers often end up financially strained due to loss of wages from being out of work and racked up medical bills that are not covered by insurance. Families that lose a loved one also have other costs such as funeral costs and emotional strain due to grief and mourning. New York Workers’ Compensation is in place to cover such incidents, however, they do not always fully cover all the costs incurred from the accident.
When workman’s comp does not cover all of your costs and there was negligence or safety violations involved in the crane construction accident, you may be able to sue for coverage of these remaining costs. The lawyers at Proner & Proner can help with this by gathering crucial evidence and doing a thorough investigation regarding the incident. They can also assist you with showing and proving the full extent of the financial and emotional costs incurred by the accident.
Whether you find yourself with disfiguring burn scars or loss of ability regarding your sight or hearing, Proner & Proner can help you get the proper financial compensation you need to cover all medical bills and most of your lost wages. Although in most instances an employee can’t sue a supervisor and Workers’ Compensation only covers about ⅔ of lost wages, there are instances where one can sue for the coverage they don’t receive. Contact us online today for a free initial consultation regarding your welding accident injury claim. We have offices in New York, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and throughout the state of New York. We have also represented clients suffering accidents throughout the United States.
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