You wear a mask, and you do what you can to avoid breathing in dangerous fumes. Yet, as you are welding, dangerous metals and gasses are released into the air. Accordingly, it is important to be aware of what is in the air that you are breathing while you work, and it is important to know the dangers that you could face as a result of regularly breathing in welding fumes.
5 Fumes That Can Cause Serious Injury
More than five types of metal and gas are released into the air during welding. Many of these can cause serious and potentially fatal side effects. While this list is far from all exhaustive, it is important to be aware of the following potential fumes and their side effects:
- Cadmium: Inhalation of cadmium fumes can result in lung problems, pulmonary edema, and death.
- Beryllium: Beryllium inhalation can lead to chemical pneumonia.
- Mercury: Breathing in mercury fumes can result in kidney damage, tremors, emotional instability, hearing loss, and other serious injury.
- Lead: Lead fumes can result in lead poisoning and can affect the brain, central nervous system, and other parts of the body.
- Carbon Monoxide: This gas can be caused by the welding process and inhalation of this gas may result in death.
If you have gotten sick from welding, it is important to contact an experienced New York construction accident attorney as soon as possible for more information.
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You can reach a New York construction attorney today via this website or by calling 1-800-362-9329. We also encourage you to learn more about your rights after contracting a welding construction illness by reading our FREE brochure, Hurt in a Construction Accident? You're Not Alone.