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Welding Diseases

Welding Diseases

The notion of welding and the use of welders is extremely common within numerous sectors of work in the 21st century. However, not just those welding – but those working in the vicinity of welders can be exposed to a multitude of risks that may not be imminent between the period of exposure and the time of any symptoms appearing.

Thermal cutting and welding metals will produce several distinct fumes, vapours, dusts and UV radiation. The metals and chemicals within these can be toxic when they are combined with the welding process such as the flux material, heat, and metal that is being worked on. The content of this toxic exposure is classified as carcinogenic, and thus has the potential to be a cause of cancer – and can extend to respiratory conditions and nervous system disorders.

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Who can make the claims?

There are numerous working sectors in which welding is involved, presenting such risks to several jobs.

These Sectors Include:

  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Agriculture
  • Mining
  • Automotive
  • Arts
  • Trades
  • Boiler Making

In relation to the occupational diseases that often arise from lengthy exposure to welding, these airborne chemicals can cause:

  • Lung Cancer from Welding
  • Welder’s pneumonia
  • Fume Fever
  • Welder’s lung
  • Eye: Arc Eyes
  • Skin and Respiratory System Irritation
  • Asthma
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Asphyxiation

Welders can be posed to further threats in a working site other than occupational diseases. Welding generates heat as well as sparks and flames that depict a source of ignition, introducing fire and explosive risks as well as dangers from electric shock, or hazardous manual handling. Despite such potential threats not being an occupational disease, at Zaparas Lawyers, we have a number of experienced WorkCover Lawyers who can assist with injuries during your course of work.

If you or someone you know has worked or is working in an environment that is subject to the perilous fumes resulting from prolonged welding exposure – it is recommended to immediately see a GP or specialist to verify any conditions consistent with the nature of employment.

According to a 2022 study from the World Health Organisation and International Labour Day Organisation, people who work in welding have a 48% increased risk of developing lung cancer. As a result, here at Zaparas Lawyers we deal with the substantial effects of threats to welders, and general occupational diseases regularly, assisting us in helping you with an effective and efficient process for seeking entitlement options.

Entitlement possibilities

Medical and Treatment expenses

This can include costs that you may have incurred for GP and hospital appointments, medication expenses, travel costs, and any psychiatric or psychological expenses.

Weekly payments

If you are in a position where you cannot return to your pre-injury duties, or an alternate form of employment – you can earn weekly payments for any loss of wages incurred.

Lump Sum Compensation

You may be entitled to one-off, lump-sum payments in compensation for your pain and suffering if your situation with the injury qualifies you to be eligible to do so.

Superannuation Entitlements

If your injury was sustained by reason of your place of work, it may be possible to seek further benefits through your superannuation.


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