Inhaling welding fumes can put welders at high risk for lung diseases like siderosis, pneumoconiosis and Welder’s lung.
Welders exposed to welding rod fumes also have a higher risk of developing occupational asthma and bronchitis – as well as metal fume fever, which involves flu like symptoms such as headache, muscle pains, fever and shivers.
Manganese poisoning is a serious hazard for welders who are exposed to welding rod fumes, as manganese poisoning causes neurological damage, resulting in symptoms very similar to Parkinsonia (eg Parkinson’s disease).
Manganese is a metal harder than iron, which is used in the production of alloys, including steel, to improve strength and wear. But manganese is a toxic chemical which decomposes in water over time and also reacts chemically. US researchers have found that welders with 15 years of experience in the profession develop symptoms of neurological disorders like Parkinsonia around 15 years earlier than the general population might.
Diagnosis of welding rod fumes disease may be delayed because the symptoms can appear similar to other conditions.
However, exposure to welding rod fumes generally causes symptoms which include:
Workers suffering from manganese poisoning may also have liver disease, if the liver is unable to process the manganese inhaled.
Welder’s rod fumes and manganese poisoning can lead to loss of quality of life as a result of a combination of physical, cognitive and psychological symptoms, making movement, thought processes and communication a challenge in daily life.
Employers have a duty under health and safety regulations to carry out risk assessments to make sure welders are protected from welder’s rod fumes and manganese poisoning – including offering any medical checks needed.
Duncan Lewis industrial disease claims solicitors can advise workers who have been diagnosed with manganese poisoning, metal fume fever – or another condition such as occupational asthma – as a result of failings in health and safety at work on how to make a no win no fee claim for welding rod fumes compensation.
Workers who have been diagnosed with industrial diseases and conditions caused by welding rod fumes have three years from the date of diagnosis in which to make a no win no fee compensation claim, if an employer has failed to protect a worker from developing emphysema – or has failed to advise a worker of the risks under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002.
Because diseases linked to welding rod fumes can take years to develop, Duncan Lewis Industrial Disease Claims Solicitors can help with tracing the insurers of a former employer using the Employers’ Liability Tracing Office (ELTO) and records held at Companies House. Even if an employer is no longer in business or a company was taken over a former employer’s business, it is still possible to trace the Employers' Liability (EL) insurer to make a claim for manganese poisoning compensation.
Duncan Lewis can also advise bereaved families whose loved one has lost their life as a result of industrial disease linked to welding rod fumes – or was diagnosed at post-mortem with manganese poisoning – on how to make a no win no fee compensation claim.
Duncan Lewis Industrial Disease Claims Solicitors are leading firm of no win no fee lawyers and can advise victims of industrial diseases and their families on how to make compensation claims for disease caused by exposure to welding rod fumes – including historic cases where a disease or degenerative condition caused by welding rod fumes has been diagnosed.
Duncan Lewis Industrial Disease Claims Solicitors employ medical experts in industrial diseases if it is necessary to prove a link between a claimant’s employment and later being diagnosed with a disease or medical condition caused by manganese poisoning or exposure to welding rod fumes.
Because of the limitation period for making claims for work-related manganese poisoning, Duncan Lewis Industrial Disease Claims Solicitors advise claimants to get in touch as soon as possible after diagnosis to discuss making a compensation claim.
For expert legal advice on no win no fee Welding Rod Fumes Compensation Claims call Duncan Lewis Industrial Disease Claims Solicitors on 020 7923 4020.