Workers in Louisiana who perform hazardous tasks like welding expect their employers to take all reasonable steps to ensure their safety. Accidents and injuries may be prevented when employers see to it that welders perform their duties in an environment free of loose or combustible objects and provide them with proper safety training and access to first aid supplies.
Fires and explosions are major risks for welders, and employers should check that noncombustible building materials are used in areas where welding will be done. Checks should also be performed regularly to make sure that welding areas are kept free of flammable debris such as rags and sawdust. Tanks containing combustible gases should be clearly marked, and areas where such gases are used should be well ventilated.
Welders are susceptible to burn injuries, but they may also suffer eye and lung injuries from staring for long periods at bright lights or inhaling powerful fumes. Employers can help to prevent such injuries by strictly enforcing safety standards and ensuring that hazardous work like welding is only performed in designated areas. Employers should require welders to wear safety gear including face masks and goggles, and first aid stations should be kept fully stocked at all times. Dangerous work should be performed by fit and well rested workers, and schedules should be designed to prevent fatigue.
Even the strictest adherence to safety protocols cannot prevent all workplace accidents, and the Louisiana workers’ compensation program is designed to provide financial assistance to those who suffer a workplace injury. However, the claims process can be complex, and injured workers sometimes fail to apply for all of the benefits they may be entitled to. An attorney with experience in this area of the law could explain the claims procedure and the various kinds of financial assistance available.