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Reducing injury risk while working with fire

Those performing hot work in New Jersey or elsewhere may need to take precautions to ensure that they can perform their work safely. Welding or soldering could leave a worker vulnerable to burns because of the heat needed to do the job. Those who are performing similar tasks are encouraged to do so in areas free from flammable or combustible liquids or gases.

Fire extinguishers should be available to workers in case of an emergency, and fire hazards that cannot be moved should be guarded. Heat, sparks and slag should be confined to further reduce the risk that a worker may be burned. Gas detectors should be used and work stopped if readings indicate harmful gas levels at more than 10 percent of their lower explosive limit.

Those who are engaged in grinding work should take precautions to avoid being injured by the wheel itself. Hand and other related injuries may be prevented by wearing protective equipment as well as inspecting the wheel ahead of time. Fire guards and other prevention equipment should be readily available to reduce the odds of an injury. Safety equipment may also prevent injuries caused by metal filings in the air.

Anyone who is hurt at work may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. An injured person may report the injury to his or her employer and file a claim with that company's workers' compensation insurance company. If the claim is approved, an individual may receive a portion of his or her lost wages while out of work as well as compensation for medical bills related to the injury. If the claim is denied, an individual may wish to talk to an attorney about how to appeal the decision or learn more about why the denial occurred.

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