Welding is a good-paying job for many reasons. Besides performing an irreplaceable service, welders are highly sought-after due to the specialized training they receive and their willingness to accept the risks inherent to their daily job duties. Here are some ways to help prevent welding related injuries on the job.
The high heat, radiation, and chemicals used by welders can cause serious injuries not associated with other professions. Some of the worst include the following:
- Chemical pneumonia or other lung damage
- Electrical shock
- Third-degree burns
- Manganese poisoning
- Serious eye damage or blindness
One of the most effective ways to prevent welding injuries is to provide operators with appropriate personal protective equipment. The following types of PPE are essential:
- Flame-resistant gloves. They must be thick enough to protect hands from high heat, sparks, and chemicals.
- Welding helmet with filter plates. This protects the face, head, and neck from sparks and welding arcs.
- Eye protection. Welders must use filter lenses with cover plates, and bystanders should wear safety glasses with shaded lenses.
- Leather apron. The apron protects the torso and legs from sparks and chemicals.
By ensuring that workers have the PPE they need, workplace injury risk can be lowered significantly. Because accidents can always occur, however, it is also important to maintain welding and fabrication insurance.