Jobs that involve welding pay well, with many salaried positions also providing workplace benefits. The possibility of lucrative income draws many people to welding occupations, but such jobs come with several injury risks.
Whether you are already a welder or considering becoming one, it is wise to know the risks you face. At the same time, it’s good to learn about your options for compensation if a welding accident leaves you injured.
What is the most common welding accident?
Welders usually expect flying sparks and minor burns, but some accidents can result in far worse injuries. Flash burn (also known as arc flash) is the most common welding accident.
Flash burns occur when the welding arc gets too close to combustible or flammable materials, resulting in a flash of intense heat and light. Arc flash may only affect the eyes, but it can also cause third-degree burns to the body. In severe cases, flash burns can even lead to death.
Other injury risks for welders include:
- Electric shocks
- Optical damage
- Hearing damage
- Explosions and fires
- Exposure to gases and fumes
Fires and explosions usually happen when molten metal sparks contact nearby flammable materials.
Are you eligible for workers’ compensation?
If you are a salaried employee working for a business, you most likely qualify for workers’ compensation. A successful claim will cover your related medical expenses and replace a portion of the wages you lose due to the incident. You may also be eligible for other benefits if your welding injury is severe. Having experienced guidance can help ensure that your claim proceeds smoothly and without delays or denials.