Welding Rod Injuries
In addition to their wages, workers expect a safe environment in which to do their jobs. More and more welding workers are finding their work sites are breeding grounds for disease.
Manganese is a toxic chemical released during welding that severely injures the brain's ability to relay signals to the rest of the body, and possibly causes an early onset of Parkinson's Disease.
Depending on your occupation, you could be exposed to numerous, dangerous chemicals in your daily work environment. While businesses are becoming more and more safety conscientious, we have found that many people are exposed to dangerous chemicals without protection.
In the work environment, chemicals that can cause potential problems are found in the following agents: cleaning solvents, dry cleaning solvents, spray paints, paint removers, dyes, fuel such as gasoline and kerosene, degreasers and lubricants.
Another harmful exposure, unique to those who performed or worked around others performing welding, results from the release of manganese contained in welding smoke. Manganese which is found in stainless and carbon steels is also in welding rods. Manganese is a toxin which can cause injury to the parts of the brain that transmit signals to other parts of the body.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has classified manganese emissions, from welding and other steel processing, as "toxic releases." These emissions cause what is called manganese poisoning or manganese. Recent studies have also indicated that welders get Parkinson's Disease up to 16 years younger than the general population. Manganese poisoning can occur within as little as 49 days of regular exposure though it usually takes several years or deceased before symptoms appear.
Some of the symptoms associated with manganese poisoning include:
- Decreased movement
- Decreased arm swing when walking
- Shakiness/loss of balance
- Stiffness in an extremity - arms or legs
- Slowed or slurred speech
- Decrease in voice volume
- Involuntary muscle contractions
- Decreased facial expression
- Difficulty writing
- Sudden mood changes/depression
- Short term memory loss
At Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer we are committed to providing workers and their families with the compensation they deserve. If you have been exposed to welding gases and have experienced any of the side effects set forth above, please do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation and ask to speak with a welding rod injury lawyer.