Welding accidents injure over 500,000 workers every year. Because welding involves fire and extreme heat there are a lot of dangers in welding and these injuries can result in severe burns and even death. Common sources of injuries that result from welding include:
- Extreme heat
- Fires due to sparks, the presence of flammable materials, and ignited fumes
- Fatigue due to overworking, double or multiple shifts
- Lightheadedness from fumes and heat
- Injuries to the eyes
- Tight working quarters between workers
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have regulations pertaining to welding, cutting, and brazing, but when their regulations are not followed injuries often result. Sometimes this is due to worker error, but often it is the fault of the owner or general contractor and their failure to provide defect-free equipment and a safe working environment.