West Virginia Welding Accident Attorney
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Construction workers take huge risks every day. The responsibilities of the job can often entail
very dangerous duties that occur on a daily basis. There are
hazardous materials to work with, heavy equipment to use, and dangerous structures to work
on, such as the scaffolds of high-rise buildings. Welding work involves
these risks and more, leaving those on the job vulnerable to incurring
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If you were hurt from a welding accident due to negligence, you are entitled
to receive compensation for your suffering.
Welding Accident Statistics
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that over 560,000 workers are injured
annually due to welding accidents. Given the fact that welding requires
a dangerous level of heat and energy, this isn't surprising. Welding
is a very dangerous occupation, with the risk of death being more than
4 per 1000 over a career. Not only is the risk of death staggering in
comparison to other occupations, but the risk of life-altering injuries
is also high. Most workers' compensation claims filed after a welding
accident is for injuries to the eyes.
What are the most common welding injuries?
Burns from fire, sparks, or flammable material
Eye injuries due to excessive heat or the arc eye
Infrared radiation exposure
Skin injuries other than burns
Toxic fume inhalation, especially due to working in confined spaces with
Invisible light exposure
Hearing loss due to excessively loud noises
Vision loss due to excessive lighting or injuries to the eyes
What Are Some of the Main Causes of Accidents in Welding?
Understanding what causes welding accidents may help welders protect themselves
from serious injuries at the workplace.
Main causes of welding accidents are:
- Asphyxiation risks - never weld in a confined space
- Electrical hazards - improperly wired machines
- Fire-related risks - improper maintenance of a workspace can leave flammable
items or vapors
- High temperatures - work pieces must be allowed adequate time to cool
- Improper personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Improper maintenance of a workspace - leaving flammable items out or allowing
chemical vapors to leak
- Loud noises - improper ear protection may lead to hearing loss
- Toxic chemical exposure - may lead to injury or illness
- Welder's flash or arc eye - may lead to loss of eyesight
The Need For Compensation After A Welding Accident
Welding uses extremely high temperatures to bond pieces of metal together.
They become fused together when the pieces have cooled down. This is often
done to fuse the framework of buildings, for example. The heat alone is
enough to cause severe injuries, especially if there are equipment malfunctions.
A welding accident can even result in wrongful death. If you or a loved
one have suffered any of the injuries mentioned above, you need to call
our West Virginia
personal injury attorneys as soon as possible. The costs of treating many of these conditions
can be astronomical and some of the effects can be permanently damaging,
calling for more extensive compensation.
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We protect your best interests and put your needs first. Collectively, we bring
worth of experience to fighting for the rights of those who were injured by the negligence
of others. Having
an attorney who can relentlessly advocate for you in any situation is crucial. When
you come to
Hartley Law Group, PLLC, you get a legal representative that has full knowledge of handling cases
just like yours and can work to ensure you get a fair resolution, whether
through a verdict or settlement.
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