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Home > Personal Injury > Industrial Diseases > Welding Rods

Welding rods

Exposure to the fumes given off by welding rods, particularly for prolonged periods, can give rise to various illnesses.

The most common is chronic bronchitis caused by exposure to copious fumes in enclosed spaces such as ships' tanks and holds without adequate ventilation.

In some cases welders may suffer asthma. The most common cause involves the welding of stainless steel, probably from the chromium and / or nickel in the fumes

Welders siderosis is another well known condition, involving the retention of iron particles in the lungs, although this is usually regarded as benign. In extreme cases of fume inhalation, welders may suffer Metal Fume Fever, or welders' lung, a flu like illness.

There are detailed regulations which are designed to protect workers from exposure to fumes, chemicals and other substances in the workplace - the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations, otherwise known as the COSHH Regulations.

Anyone who has experienced, or suspects they may have experienced, exposure to an irritant which has brought about or heightened any of the above conditions in the course of carrying out their work may be entitled to compensation.

Strict time limits apply to making a claim for any type of personal injury, so please contact an experienced solicitor as soon as you think you may have a claim for compensation.

Please visit our section on information and advice for more details on making a personal injury compensation claim.

Our lawyers specialising in welding related diseases in the workplace are able to help you review the ways in which the condition brought on or worsened by your work may have impacted on your life and family, and possibly on your ability to work at all. Based on this, and on their understanding of the difficulties which work related welding conditions may lead to you having to deal in the future, our lawyers will be able to help you in claiming for compensation in the most appropriate way possible.

Family members who suspect that a deceased relative may have died as a result of a welding related irritants encountered in the workplace may be able to claim compensation on behalf of the deceased.

Telephone us now on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms.

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