Are welding fumes dangerous?

We have gone over an array of dangers that workers in various fields face. However, some professions have certain unique hazards that may affect workers in San Bernardino, and in California’s other cities. For example, if you are a welder, you may want to familiarize yourself with the potential dangers associated with exposure to welding fumes.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention points out that welding fumes can be especially dangerous. In fact, these fumes often contain manganese, which can negatively affect workers in different ways. While short-term exposure to these fumes can cause memory problems and other issues, long-term exposure may harm the liver, lungs, kidney and central nervous system. Moreover, men who work as welders may struggle with fertility issues and workers may develop manganism, a syndrome which has symptoms similar to Parkinson’s disease. Regrettably, manganese can have an even greater impact on the body when it is inhaled through the lungs, which is common in welding.

On top of welding fumes, welders face a number of other threats at work. For example, a welder may be hurt in an explosion or fire, suffer due to electrical shock, have their fingers crushed or be hurt when debris falls on them. If you were injured in a welding accident, or are suffering from an occupational illness that resulted from long-term exposure to harmful fumes while working, you should explore your different options. Depending on the unique details of your occupational illness or injury, workers’ compensation could be a resource that will help you during the process of recovery.

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