Jobsites, particularly in the world of construction, are home to numerous tools that are useful but potentially dangerous. The cutting torch is one of the most dangerous of construction tools. In lieu of a saw, workers can use a torch of fire and chemicals to cut difficult materials, such as tensioned metal rope and steel. These tools are incredible efficient, but they require utmost user care, and require the employee to have the opportunity to learn safety protocols laid out by the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA).
You may be entitled to compensation if you or someone you care about sustained an injury related to a cutting torch. The New York personal injury lawyers at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo (SPBMC) work with clients in all areas of personal injury, including construction industry injuries. Contact us today for a free consultation about your situation.
The attorneys at SPBMC established a personal injury law firm that has served the communities of New York and New Jersey for decades. Our unwavering commitment to the workforce is evident through our role as lead counsel for rescue workers from 9/11. We are also the general counsel for the Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York. Construction workers require competent, dedicated attorneys who have excellent records of courtroom accomplishments in construction-related cases.
The necessity for a cutting torch came about because of the rapid use of metal in the construction industry. It is a tool that combines properties of sawing and welding. The “blade” is no blade at all – it is a flame created from acetylene gas. In addition to being highly flammable and caustic, this gas causes long-term injuries beyond superficial burns.
Employees suffer injuries from cutting torches in many ways. Some are obvious, and others less so. Employers should provide extensive safety training to workers using cutting torches. It is a violation of OSHA standards when employers fail to provide this training. When a safety inspector detects an OSHA violation, the employer must post the violation at the site of the risk. The employer must also correct the violation within specific time parameters. Failure to implement corrective measures may result in injuries to employees or bystanders.
What are the most common cutting torch injuries?
There are a multitude of cutting torch injuries included but no limited to the following:
You should seek legal counsel if you or someone you love incurred an injury from a cutting torch. There may be a short window of time to prove that you did not receive proper training, as well as who is liable for your injuries. The attorneys at SPBMC may be able to help you recoup your medical expenses, in addition to other settlements. Contact us today for a free consultation.