Wisconsin workers compensation covers a boilermaker hurt on the job. We see low back or lumbar injuries due to herniated or bulging discs resulting in spine surgery or fusion on a regular basis. The boilermaker workers compensation injury can come from a single traumatic incident like wrenching on a tank or from job duties over time.
Boilermakers fabrication steel from plates and sections. The trade grew out of the industrial blacksmith craft as steam became a power source for ships and trains, but in fact boilermakers contributed to all manner of construction projects. In the USA many boilermakers are employed installing and maintaining steam and hot water boilers used for heating and hot water in commercial buildings.
The physical job duties of the boilermaker can contribute to a low back disabling condition. Boilermakers regularly bend, twist, and turn while using their hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. They assemble and install pipe sections, fittings, or plumbing fixtures, as well as cut metal or plastic, and fabricate, assemble, stretch, bend, straighten, shape, pound, or press metal or plastic into shape. The easiest part is inspecting equipment, but even then awkward positions may contribute to a bad back. Boilermakers performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. At times they may lay or install brick, block, stone, tile, or related masonry material, move or fit heavy objects and cut, bend, or thread pipe for gas, air, hydraulic, or water lines. Boilermakers use hand and power tools or flame cutting torches to cut pieces for a boiler. To bend the pieces into shape and accurately line them up, boilermakers use plumb bobs, levels, wedges, and turnbuckles. Once boilermakers have the parts lined up, they use metalworking machinery and other tools to remove irregular edges so the parts fit together properly. They then join the parts by bolting, welding, or riveting them together. Some boilermakers enter the trade through training in similar occupations, such as pipefitters, millwrights, sheet metal workers, or welders.
Boilermakers must have high endurance because they spend many hours on their feet while lifting heavy boiler components. Boilermakers must be strong enough to move heavy components into place, able to lift over 75 lbs and be unafraid of confined spaces and heights.
McCormick Law Office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin has represented boilermakers hurt on the job and obtained worker’s compensation benefits for permanent injuries and disability. Organized labor is an important counter balance to corporate owners; together labor and employers form industries. In this area, many union boilermakers are members of Boilermakers Local 107.