From tripping in an office space to exposure to pesticides on farms, workers face a variety of risks on a regular basis. In Staten Island, and in cities all over New York, it is very important for people to be aware of the different risks that are present at their place of work. For example, if you are a welder, you should familiarize yourself with some of the potential hazards you could be exposed to on the job.
Welders face a wide variety of risks at work, from eye damage and electrocution to burns and falling debris. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, welding fumes can also be dangerous and may hurt workers in a variety of ways. In fact, the CDC draws attention to various side effects associated with manganese exposure, which welders often inhale through welding fumes. Unfortunately, chronic inhalation of manganese through welding fumes may result in tremors, rigid muscles, impaired movement and weak balance. Moreover, a worker’s kidney, liver and lungs may be damaged and male welders may even have difficulty with fertility.
Even on a short-term basis, you may experience memory problems or other side effects if you were exposed to welding fumes. After sustaining a workplace injury or suffering from an occupational disease, it is crucial to know what your rights are and evaluate any options that are open to you. For example, you may be able to move forward with a workers’ compensation claim, which could help you recover from your workplace illness or injury.