A recent study found that a group of welders who had Parkinson’s disease developed symptoms approximately 15 years earlier than did other Parkinson’s patients.
Manganese Fact: In a recent case involving injuries caused by welding rod fumes in Madison County , Missouri , the plaintiff won a $1,000,000 verdict.
Everyone is exposed to small amounts of manganese in air, water, and food. Exposure to metal fumes from welding, cutting and brazing-especially in confined spaces-can cause brain damage. A major culprit is manganese, a component of all steel and major welding materials. Manganese has been known to cause the degenerative brain disorder known as Parkinsonism since 1837. A recent study found 40 percent of welders showed signs of the disorder. Many physicians are unaware of manganese poisoning or the risks of exposures in steel making and welding as stated on Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
Beginning in the late 1970s and early 1980s, lawsuits against companies in the welding industry began appearing. These lawsuits brought claims against not only the manufacturers of welding rods, but also against some of the welding industry’s trade organizations. Manganism , or poisoning, is often the result of exposure to welding fumes. Manganism is characterized by mental difficulties and the impairment of motor skills.