Pennsylvania welders always have a serious risk of becoming injured while welding. In particular, they are often at risk for burn hazards as a result of the sparks and spatter that can fly off the welding arc. Additionally, working with hot equipment could pose risks while the arc rays themselves created during welding can cause radiation burns. To help prevent welding injuries on the job, the American Welding Society provides a number of tips.
According to the AWS, welders should always ensure that they are wearing the protective welding helmets that protect the head, neck, face and ears. Further, safety goggles should always be worn under the helmet as another added level of protection again burn hazards. Earplugs or earmuffs are also a must to prevent sparks from getting into the ears. The rest of the body should be covered in non-melting protective materials, and clothing should include gloves, pants and shirts. Finally, sheet screens can be used for additional protection when the worker is completing heavy welding or cutting.
Welders are also encouraged to ensure that they remove any combustible items that they may have on their person, including matches or lighters. Additionally, clothing that has open pockets or cuffs should not be worn as sparks or molten metal can become trapped in the fabric and cause burns.
Employers are responsible for providing their employees with as safe a workplace as possible, which should include protective materials and equipment that works properly. If a worker suffers burns or other injuries in a workplace accident or as a result of unsafe equipment, a workers’ compensation attorney may help the worker seek benefits that he or she is entitled to. Depending on the seriousness of the injury, benefits might include the cost of medical care and potential a portion of the income if the person cannot work for a period of time.