Welding/Brazing/Cutting (Torch) Accidents

Welding and other types of torch cutting are very common at worksites in Jackson and across the nation. Although these jobs are commonplace at many construction sites, they’re not totally without risk. In fact, without the proper training and safety precautions, welding, brazing and torch cutting can be very dangerous for workers in the area. Welding injuries can leave victims with painful burns or blinded from damage to the eyes. Welding is an important part of many job sites, but employers, project managers and company owners need to ensure their jobsites are safe and that workers are all fully trained and taking proper safety precautions to reduce the possibility of injury accidents. Since the injuries associated with welding accidents can be severe, catastrophic or even fatal, it’s absolutely critical to get in touch with a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your accident.

Types of Welding and Torch Injuries
  • Eye injuries
  • Arc eye
  • Arc flash
  • UV exposure
  • Skin damage
  • Exposure to gases
  • Electrocution
  • Hearing loss
  • Respiratory damage
  • Vision loss
  • Radiation exposure
  • Burns
High Temperatures and Burn Injuries

Welding, brazing and cutting all harness very high temperatures. This isn’t accidently touch a hot pan in the kitchen hot. Being exposed to the flames around any type of welding or torch cutting equipment could be devastatingly painful and long lasting. Burn injuries could leave victims permanently scarred with lifelong pain. Medical treatments could span from months to years, especially if you need skin grafts. Exposure to these high temperatures can lead to serious injuries, and in some cases, death. Severe burns can be debilitating for victims, and can require lifelong care.

Welding And Eye Injuries

Some of the most common and most severe injuries associated with welding, brazing, cutting and other torch related accidents happen to the eyes. The use of proper safety gear, especially eye protection, can’t be overstated. Without the appropriate eye protection, the harmful ultraviolet and infrared light from welding can damage one’s eyes very quickly. This immediate light damage happens when harmful rays are absorbed by the cornea and lens. This type of injury is extremely damaging and painful. It’s known as “arc eye” or “arc flash” and can leave victims with serious long-term vision problems.

Protective Safety Gear

Obviously, the importance of protective safety gear can’t be overstated. When you’re dealing with extremely high temperatures and potentially damaging rays on the light spectrum, you need to ensure all workers are appropriately protected. Ensuring all workers in the area, not just the welder, have the proper safety gear is essential. From eye protection to heat safety gear, you need to ensure your workers are outfitted in all of the necessary safety gear. Compliance with all OSHA safety regulations, especially where welding is involved, is critical in preventing injury accidents on the jobsite.

Proper Training of Workers

All workers who are going to be welding, brazing, cutting or using any kind of torches, need to be properly trained. It’s the employers’ duty to ensure, through their hiring practices and due diligence, that workers have the proper credentials, training and experience to safely do their jobs. There’s too much at stake on the jobsite to let untrained workers weld. With proper training, safety precautions and adherence to federal safety regulations, most work injuries are completely preventable.

Immediate Medical Attention

Most importantly after any type of welding accident, you need to seek immediate medical treatment. Whether an ambulance is called to the jobsite or you go home to your family after the accident, your health absolutely has to be the top priority. Don’t try to tough it out at another day at work if you’ve suffered from some type of welding injury. Eye injuries and burns especially can be time sensitive, so the sooner you get medical attention, the better possible outcome you will have. Once your immediate medical needs have been assessed and addressed, you need to contact your lawyer, because the medical bills are going to start adding up. You shouldn’t have to pay for hospital bills and medical treatments that you incurred as a result of somebody else’s negligence or carelessness on the job.

Welding injuries can leave workers blinded, burned or worse. Recovering from these injuries can take months, years or longer. Family members may have to quit working in order to provide home care, which adds insult to injury after losing a breadwinner’s steady income. If you or somebody you love has been injured while welding, brazing, cutting, soldering or while being around any kind of torches on the job in the Jackson Metro Area, contact Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free case consultation today.

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