Working as a Welder
Being a welder is not an easy or safe job. You can run the risk of eye injuries and disfiguring burns from the intense heat and light from the welding arc. But that is only one risk that welders face, there is one more fatal risk that all welding contractors covered by the DBA should be aware of: neurological injuries due to repeated manganese exposure.
The Irreversible Effects of a Manganese Injury
Manganese is a compound found in many different metals. And its pretty dangerous.
When certain alloys are heated to high temperatures, tiny manganese particles are released and can be inhaled by nearby workers. Even a small amount of inhaled manganese can cause widespread damage throughout the body.
These damages can include:
- Metal Fume Fever: Along with zinc, magnesium, and aluminum, inhaled manganese can cause welders to suffer flu-like symptoms such as nausea, coughing, chills, fever, headaches, and muscle and joint pain.
- Neurological Disorders: Workers can suffer a number of neurological problems, including mood swings, short-term memory loss, delayed reaction times, and reduced hand-eye coordination.
- Organ Damage: Metal toxicity can often lead to damage to the lungs, liver, and kidneys, causing further health problems and an inability to earn a living.
- Infertility: Male workers exposed to manganese on a regular basis are at a higher risk of suffering difficulty conceiving, low sperm count, and other fertility problems.
- Cancer: Manganese has been known to disrupt cell growth wherever it accumulates in the body, and is most commonly associated with cancers in the lungs, bladder, and throat.
- Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease: One of the most worrying side effects of manganese accumulation is the development of Parkinson-like symptoms (known as “manganism”). A buildup of manganese in the brain can disrupt movement regulation, causing tremors, slowed or interrupted body movements, balance problems, and muscle rigidity. As with Parkinson’s disease, there is no known cure for this condition.
You could be eligible for medical and financial compensation for your manganese injury through the Defense Base Act.
In order to win these benefits in court you are going to need a seasoned DBA lawyer, the truth and extensive resources on your side. You can start with the basics by reading Win Your Defense Base Act Case. You can get a FREE copy of the most straight-forward guide to the DBA law system here.
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