Welding is one of the most hazardous jobs in the construction and manufacturing industries. Thousands of people suffer injuries in welding accidents each year, and some are even fatal.

If you or a loved one was injured in a welding accident, call Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek P.C. We will explain your rights and how to recover the compensation you need and deserve. Call 212-490-5700 or use our contact form for a free consultation. There’s no fee unless we win.

Welding Accidents in New York

Welding involves joining metal parts together using high-voltage electrical currents or gasses and heat that are volatile and inherently dangerous. Even skilled professionals are not immune from welding accidents that result in serious injuries.

There are thousands of welders in New York City who are at risk for welding injuries. Sadly, some of those will result in fatalities among construction workers.

Causes of Welding Accidents

Many welding injuries occur because workers do not have appropriate personal protective equipment. Other causes include:

  • Frayed or broken electrical wiring
  • Exposure to fumes and gasses
  • Lack of proper eye shades
  • Excessive noise
  • Fires and explosions
  • Hot metals

Common Welding Injuries

Some common welding injuries include:

  • Burns from fire and explosions
  • Electric shock
  • Toxic manganese exposure
  • Arc radiation burns, including burns to the eyes

The most common eye injury for welders is called “welder’s flash,” caused by ultraviolet light emitted from some welding operations. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), welder’s flash accounts for nearly 6% of all workplace eye injuries in the construction industry.

Safety Standards & Regulations for NYC Welders

OSHA publishes standards that must be followed for Welding, Cutting, and Brazing. An OSHA inspector often visits construction sites and ensures these protocols are followed. If workers and contractors fail to follow safety standards, they may be subject to fines.

General industry requirements are discussed in 29 C.F.R. 1910. Subpart 1 provides guidance on personal protective equipment while welding. For example, all employers must provide PPE to welders. It must be maintained in sanitary and reliable conditions.

There are detailed requirements for eye and face protection while welding. The employer’s responsibility is to ensure that each employee uses filter lenses that have a shade number appropriate for the amount of light radiation from the welding machine.

Other parts of the welding-related code address respiratory protection, head protection, foot protection, electrical protective equipment, and hand protection.

Welding Accident Liability

Many welding accidents occur because of negligence. Negligence indicates that a person or company had a legal duty and they did not uphold that legal duty. If their negligence caused injuries and resulted in financial loss, they may be responsible for damages. Negligence is generally preventable with proper training and hazard identification.

An employer may not have provided proper PPE or appropriate training to all employees using welding machines in many situations.
If this is the case, you may have to file a workers’ compensation claim. However, if the employer’s actions were especially egregious or intentional, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against them.

Other parties that may be responsible for welding accidents include:

  • Machine or parts manufacturer
  • PPE seller or manufacturer
  • General contractor
  • Subcontractors

Anyone present at the worksite who does not work for your employer may be held liable for damages they cause in a welding accident.

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Compensation in a Welding Accident

If you are injured on the job, you should file a workers’ compensation claim. This will cover your medical bills and some of your lost wages. It can also give you money if you become partially or totally disabled, either temporarily or permanently. However, you cannot get money to cover non-economic damages like pain and suffering.

If a third party who does not work for your employer caused your welding-related injuries, you may be entitled to recover financial compensation through a lawsuit. Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek P.C. can help you recover:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of consortium

Call HKD After a Welding Accident

Welding accidents are too common despite safety regulations. If you or a loved one has been injured, you should reach out to a work injury lawyer right away. Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek P.C. has a team of legal professionals with experience handling utility accident cases like yours.

Call HKD today at 212-490-5700 or use the contact form for a free consultation. There’s no fee unless we win.

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