Illnesses experienced through the act of welding can seriously effect the quality of the victims life. If you are suffering due to an illness causes by welding at work contact Latimer Lee Solicitors Limited, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim.
Welding is a process for forging together metals using intense heat. If the welding is carried out incorrectly fumes can be emitted and can cause welding illnesses. Your employers should reduce the risk of employees suffering a welding illness by providing the necessary safety equipment and training.
Welding illnesses are caused by the inhalation of poisonous fumes from welding rods and the fumes can severely affect the respiratory system. Depending on the type of metals involved the toxic fumes emitted can cause the following various illnesses:
- Metal fume fever – these symptoms are similar to that of flu such as nausea, fever and headaches;
- Occupational Asthma – the fumes from welding certain metals, can cause asthma if inhaled over a long period of time;
- Chronic Bronchitis – this condition is an inflammation of the airways in the lungs, which causes coughing and shortness of breath;
- Manganism – the fumes emitted from manganese that is being welded can cause manganese poisoning, affecting the central nervous system, kidney and liver. Symptoms of manganism can include poor motor skills, psychological issues, lethargy, tremors, awkward gait, problems with facial movements, speech difficulties and breathing difficulties.
Employers have a responsibility to protect against the dangers of welding fumes and should ensure the workplace has adequate ventilation. If you have suffered a welding illness and you believe that it as a result of your employer’s failure to protect you in the workplace or they did not carry out the necessary risk assessments then contact Compensation Claims Today.
Things to do if you have suffered a welding illness in the workplace:
- Ensure that the injury is reported and recorded, if possible
- Alert your employer immediately
- Seek medical advice/treatment
- Obtain evidence e.g. details of the welding process and the metals used
- Obtain witness evidence, if applicable
- Contact Latimer Lee Solicitors Limited
You can also claim for other losses incurred as a result of your accident e.g. travel expenses, loss of earnings, medical fees, etc
Note: it is illegal for an employer to dismiss or discipline an employee for making a claim for compensation as a result of sustaining an injury at work.
Our solicitors at Latimer Lee Solicitors Limited have experience of dealing with welding illnesses suffered at work. Contact us today to see how we can help you make a successful compensation claim. Our services are No Win No Fee so you won’t lose a penny when making your claim.