Steelworkers, along with ironworkers, provide an essential role in our society by constructing frameworks for many buildings, along with other metal products. Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were over 58,000 structural iron and steelworkers in the U.S. in 2012 in an industry that's quickly growing. However, these workers face many dangers while on the job, and the rate of injuries continues to rank among the most dangerous careers.
This dangerous field involves processes and equipment that can cause serious and life-threatening injuries, such as:
- Burns – Steelworkers can receive serious burns as a result of welding, sparks flying, and the flammable materials that they often work with. Even a minor burn can be extremely painful and require medical care.
- Muscle Injuries – As is the case with many construction and industrial jobs, steelworkers are often required to move heavy loads or perform difficult manual labor. In addition to isolated incidents, repeating these tasks over time can cause workers to develop muscle injuries.
- Falls – Especially in construction sites, workers must often perform their duties in high places or on cranes. Falling from a high place can cause life-threatening injuries or debilitating harm.
- Cuts – While working with metallic corners and instruments, workers face the possibility of cuts, which can lead to muscle scarring, infections, and other complications.
Safety equipment and proper training are imperative in minimizing injuries at steel and iron working sites. Accidents can occur at even the most diligent workplaces, and safety equipment can reduce the resulting damages.
Safety Equipment for Steelworkers Includes:
- Boots, usually steel-toe
- Personal fall-arrest systems
- Respirators or masks
- Hearing protection, such as mufflers
If you have been injured while working as a steel or iron worker due to the negligence of a manager, employer, or another responsible party, you may have grounds for legal action. Even if you qualify for workers' compensation, a third party may also be found liable through an independent investigation, allowing you to maintain a personal injury lawsuit. The industrial injury attorneys of Arnold & Itkin can review your circumstances and advise you on how to pursue compensation for your damages. Contact us today for a free consultation.