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Welding safety hazards: Are you protected?

There is something about welding that many people enjoy. If you’re able to turn this joy into a career, it’s easy to get excited about every day you spend on the job.

Unfortunately, there are a variety of welding safety hazards to be aware of. These include but are not limited to the following:

  • Electric shock: In the most severe cases, this can result in serious injury or even death. This typically occurs when two metal objects with voltage touch. This is a basic mistake that even the most experienced welder can make.
  • Gases and fumes: Welding fumes have the potential to be harmful, so it’s a must to keep yourself protected at all times. There are many ways of doing so, such as by wearing a helmet and ensuring there is proper ventilation in your work area.
  • Fire and explosions: Perhaps the most dangerous safety hazard, a fire or explosion should be protected against at all times. When welding, you know that extreme temperatures (often up to 10,000 degrees) come into play. For this reason, there’s always a potential for a fire or explosion to occur.

As a welder, you should be aware of these many safety hazards. The good thing is that the right approach to safety can help prevent trouble on the job.

If you’re ever part of a welding accident, regardless of the cause, stop what you’re doing and call for immediate help. Once you receive treatment and discuss your long-term prognosis with your medical team, you can determine if a workers’ compensation claim makes sense.

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