Some jobs are more dangerous than others, such as welding. The use of specialized, but hazardous, equipment to manipulate metals at high temperatures creates a credible danger to even skilled workers. While insurance mitigates some of the risks, workers and companies can learn from frequent examples to succeed at avoiding welding injuries and keep everyone safe.
1. Electric Shocks
Perhaps the most common injuries are electric shocks, which are caused when metals with voltage touch or when welders directly touch the electrical circuit or the welding itself. Workers can prevent these injuries by wearing protective equipment that prevents direct exposure and contact with the tools or elements.
Manganism occurs when the professionals inhale the substance manganese, which is found in welding rods, wire, and electrodes. When manganese is heated, it releases molecules that people inhale, which can harm their nervous system as well as cause other problems like impaired judgment, short-term memory loss, slurred speech, and more. Respirators and proper ventilation can discourage manganese vapors.
3. Hearing Loss
Individuals in the welding industry are exposed to excessive noise. In fact, they usually face up to 85 decibels on an average workday of eight hours. Without protective equipment and occasional breaks, this noise can result in permanent hearing loss.
Welding is an inherently dangerous profession where hazards can hurt laborers without proper precautions. Identifying the sources of these injuries can help prevent future problems.