Recovering for Construction Site Injuries and Deaths
Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that more than 500,000 workers are at risk of injury and health problems because of welding, cutting and brazing. These occupations expose construction workers to flames and toxins, often in precarious places, such as at height or in enclosed spaces.
Four per 1,000 workers in these occupations are at risk of death over a working lifetime. Many more welders sustain debilitating injuries, such as burns, near electrocution, eye injuries, explosion and fire-related injuries, asphyxiation, falls and crush injuries.
For more than 30 years, Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. has protected the rights of New York construction workers to safe working conditions. Our lawyers concentrate exclusively on injury and death recovery and are highly experienced and well qualified to get you the money and benefits you are entitled to. We also have industry specific knowledge about construction and welding practices and standards and access to a team of experts to guide us in our investigations. If you were injured or your loved one was killed in a welding accident, our New York City welding accident attorneys advocate for the justice you deserve.
Welding Fire, Explosions and Burns
Welding, cutting and brazing produce extreme heat that can result in life-threatening third degree burns and other fire and explosion injuries. The welding torch sends sparks flying in all directions that can easily catch clothes, hair and nearby objects on fire.
The property owner, contractor, their agents and/or your employer has a duty to supply you with protective devices which may include goggles and face protection and nonflammable full body and head protective gear. Your employer must also provide you with appropriate training to weld safely and adequate supervision to avoid dangers.
Welding can cause catastrophic injuries related to:
- Igniting a fire because welding too close to flammable objects, liquids or gases
- Triggering an explosion by welding around volatile chemicals
- Being electrocuted when the welder damages a live electrical wire
- Being burned when the torch catches clothing, hair or skin
Welding-Related Eye Injuries
Your eyes and face are vulnerable to injury while welding, cutting or brazing. An eye injury could leave you with partial or total blindness and complete eye loss. Welders should be equipped with eye protection that prevents these common accidents:
- Being struck by flying metal particles or flame from the torch
- Radiation burns from the ultraviolet radiation, infrared radiation or intense blue light of the torch
- Chemical burn caused by fumes released during the welding process
Exposure to Toxic Chemicals
Welding releases chemicals contained in the material being welded. You are likely to breathe the toxic fumes and your skin may come into contact with the dangerous substances if you were not provided with the right equipment. You may also absorb the chemicals in your clothes, further subjecting yourself and your family to the risks even after you have clocked out for the day.
Common deadly welding fumes may include:
- Metal fragments
- Toxic liquids, oils and rust inhibitors
- Zinc on galvanized steel or zinc oxide fumes
- Cadmium plating
- Paint and solvent vapors
- Lead oxide in primer paints
- Plastic coating particles
These substances can cause you permanent respiratory disease, cancer, skin conditions and brain and nerve damage.
Learn More about Welding Health and Safety Risks
Call Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. at 1-888-575-6410 to schedule your free no-risk construction accident consultation. Our personal injury and wrongful death firm has offices in Manhattan, Bronx, Jericho, Deer Park or White Plains. Our contingency fee plan means you do not pay us unless we recover money for you.