Ideally, welders and their employers will work together to ensure that workplace safety is a top priority. Welders in Pennsylvania and throughout the country may be at risk of inhaling toxic fumes, burning their skin or being electrocuted while performing tasks. Exposure to radiation may put them at a higher risk of developing a condition known as “arc eye.” There are many ways that employers can minimize the chances that a welder gets hurt while on the job.
The use of protective equipment can reduce the risk of a person experiencing a burn or the negative consequences of an electric shock. Individuals should wear leather gloves, heavy jackets and pants that cover their entire legs. Dry gloves can make it safer to replace welding electrodes or replace other parts that may be worn or damaged. Workers should be given helmets with filter plates that protect against exposure to UV light while performing a task.
Employers have many options at their disposal to protect workers against inhaling toxic fumes. For instance, it may be possible to use welding guns that create fewer fumes or that extract gasses out of the air. Ventilation systems may also be used to help protect those engaged in welding activities. Respirators may be used if other options are not practical for a given job site.
The workers’ compensation system is designed to help workers pay medical bills related to a workplace injury or illness. Workers may also be entitled to a portion of any wages lost while recovering from an injury or illness. Employees are typically entitled to benefits even if they made an error that led to a burn or breathing in dangerous chemicals. Legal representatives may provide guidance to anyone who has questions about their workers’ compensation cases.