As you know, welding poses severe inherent risks to workers. With so much use of heavy machinery and sparks constantly flying through the air, injuries are bound to happen from time to time.
However, certain injuries are seen more often than others in the welding industry. Here are five common injuries that welders sustain:
#1 - Electrical Shock
Electrical shock injuries occur when two metal parts with a voltage between them touch. A secondary voltage shock can occur when the welder touches a part of the welding or electrical circuit while simultaneously touching part of the metal that he or she is welding.
#2 - Fumes and Gases Exposure
On a daily basis, welders are exposed to toxic welding fumes and gases, such as:
- Hazardous metal oxide compounds
- Base metals
- Base metal coatings (such as manganese, which can cause respiratory ailments)
#3 - Excessive Sound
Dangerous noise levels are common in the welding industry. On an average workday, it is common for the noise to be above 85 decibels. Additionally, flying debris can penetrate workers’ ear canals.
#4 - Fires and Explosions
The welding arc requires very high temperatures and welders often work with hazardous fumes, gases, and chemicals. Because of these factors, welding workers are posed with severe risks of sustaining injuries or even death in a fire or other explosion.
#5 - Optical Dangers
Welders can easily sustain eye injuries as a result of sparks and hot metal drops that saturate the air. Additionally, welders are at risk of the following optical injuries due to ultraviolet and infrared radiation from the electrical arc in the welding process:
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