To weld is to wield the power to make and destroy, but with that power, comes the risk of serious injury. When a welding accident happens, the result is usually a severe injury involving second or third degree burns, loss of eye-sight, severe respiratory problems, and even death. OSHA reports that welders have a high incidence of death, as they report four out of every thousand career welders will die due to a welding injury.
Most frequently, when a person is injured as a result of a welding accident, that person is on an automotive, marine, or construction job site, as those industries use welding more than others. When a person is injured on a jobsite, unless that person is self-employed, they will likely qualify for workers' compensation. Workers' compensation is a type of insurance employers are required to maintain for their employees to cover injuries that occur at work.