What are the most common welding accidents and injuries?

On Behalf of | Apr 20, 2023 | Workers' Compensation

Working as a welder is one of the most dangerous occupations in New York. Even when welders have appropriate protective equipment, accidents can happen.

The frequency of welding accidents

Most welding accidents are traumatic because they involve exposure to a hot or sparking arc, flame, slag vapor or flying debris. They may have dire consequences and lead to workers’ compensation claims.

Welding accidents are among the most dangerous that happen in the workplace, comprising about 25% of fatal occupational accidents and 33% of non-fatal amputations. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates 21 welding accidents occur in the United States for every 100,000 workers. For every 100 million work hours, approximately 1,000 workers suffer welding-related injuries.

The most common welding injuries

Several types of welding injuries are common. These include:

  • Electric shock from direct contact with an arc
  • Optical dangers from light, heat and dust
  • Overexposure to welding fumes and gas when respiratory equipment is not used
  • Hearing difficulties caused by excessive noise
  • Flash burns from arcs that are strong, hot and invisible

Stick welding is the riskiest as it has more moving parts and variables than other types. The power and smoothness required to create a smooth weld are what cause issues.

What if my claim is denied or undervalued?

Worker’s compensation exists to help employees pay for their medical and living costs following an injury. However, despite its purpose, many insurance companies may initially deny or undervalue a claim, sometimes citing that the worker was responsible for the accident. When this situation occurs, victims can file an appeal to get just compensation.

Although the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board provides step-by-step online instructions for filing workers’ compensation claims, it cannot accommodate the appeals process to overcome denials or resolve disputes in the claims process. The claims and appeals process can become complex. It’s a good idea to keep comprehensive records involving your injury and the treatment you have received.