As a welder, you’re probably aware of the dangers that torches and molten metals may cause. But in addition to serious burns, welding also exposes a worker to dangerous inhalants, many of which can cause permanent breathing injuries.
Common elements that cause New Jersey welding injuries:
- Carbon monoxide. This gas is a common by product of combustion, such as in welding and cutting, and is particularly dangerous on sites with poor ventilation. If too much is inhaled, workers may lose consciousness or even fall into a coma.
- Ozone. UV light from the welding arc (particularly in gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, and plasma arc cutting) can create high levels of ozone, causing irritation in a worker’s airways, nose, and lungs.
- Nitrogen oxides. UV light also produces nitrogen oxides (such as NO and NO2), which in high doses may cause coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath, and eventual pulmonary edema.
If you were exposed to one of these substances, your employer should do the utmost to provide for you and your family. Unfortunately, many injured workers find that their employers are quick to abandon them, leaving them with mounting medical costs and drastically reduced income.
Morristown construction accident lawyer Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr., can get you the compensation you deserve for your work injury. Call (877) 360-0183 today to get answers to all of your legal questions in your FREE consultation, or click the link above to download our FREE electronic book, What the Injured Worker Needs to Know: Your Workers Comp Guide.