Welding is the technique of joining pieces of metal together with heat. Because so many pieces of equipment and machinery are made of metal, welders are essential to industries such as construction, manufacturing, oil and gas, shipping, and more. While many companies could not do business without hiring welders, owners and managers must think realistically about the inherent risks of this dangerous profession.
Welders certified by the American Welding Society or the American Society of Mechanical Engineers are highly skilled and have received training in safe techniques and the use of appropriate personal protective equipment. Unfortunately, however, serious welding injuries are still common, even among those with years of experience. Potential dangers include the following:
- Electric shock
- Manganese poisoning
Business owners and managers must prioritize injury prevention by providing adequate PPE and maintaining a safe working environment. They also must maintain liability insurance to cover potential injuries. This type of coverage does not just protect the workers but also safeguards businesses from financial loss through subsequent medical bills and legal fees.
You can’t avoid hiring welders, because they likely form an integral part of your team. Purchasing general liability supplemental insurance is one of the best ways to manage the risk that comes with employing them.