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Common Welding Injuries and How to Avoid Them

This news story was published on December 24, 2015.
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It’s vital to take the appropriate precautions when you’re welding. There are many safety concerns associated with this type of work. However, identifying the main safety risks and putting in place processes to deal with these issues, can greatly reduce the dangers of welding, so that you become more productive and don’t have to worry about risking certain injuries.

Poisonous Fumes and Gases

There are many hidden dangers when you’re welding. Harmful fumes such as manganese are given off during the welding process. Inhaling fumes produced when you weld can lead to serious health issues such as damage to the nervous system and brain. Other typical symptoms and health conditions include chest pains, headaches, nausea, respiratory problems, irritated eyes and fluid in the lungs.

There are times when you may be welding surfaces that produce dangerous fumes and gases too. It’s difficult to always identify what surfaces will produce these fumes and gases until it’s too late. However, there are ways to prevent these dangers. Welding fume extractors and similar products help reduce this problem.

Electric Shocks and Electrocution

Many welders suffer from shock or electrocution every year. This problem is easy to prevent but many welders don’t take the appropriate precautions. These electric shocks occur when a welder touches two different metal items that each have a voltage. The welder becomes part of an electrical circuit, causing a shock to him or her. Welders should wear dry gloves and insulated clothing that cover all their skin.

All welding equipment should be checked regularly for damaged parts, exposed wires or other issues. If you notice any problems repair the problem immediately. It’s a good idea to hire someone who is qualified to carry out the necessary repairs on your welding equipment.

Fire, Burns and Even Worse Accidents

Many welding professionals suffer from different but avoidable burns every year. You may be in a hurry to get work completed or you’re simply careless. However, this mistake can lead to bad injuries. In more serious cases, welding can lead to serious fires or explosions if the activity takes place close to flammable objects or substances.

Once again simple precautions like checking equipment, removing nearby flammable items and wearing the appropriate safety gear will reduce the likelihood of serious injuries caused by burning.

Damage to Eyes, Face and Ears

Unnecessary injuries often occur around the facial area. This should be the area of your body that’s protected the most. However, this is not always the case and many welders don’t wear the proper welding mask or prevent debris from hitting their faces, ears and eyes. Make sure you wear a high quality mask and other safety accessories.

Working in Dangerous Locations

Sometimes welders have to work in less favorable locations. For example, you may have to work from a height. This presents a number of dangers that have to be addressed. First of all, ensure that all of the welding equipment is in perfect working order. Then it’s vital to ensure that the structure you will be working on is stable and safe. Taking every precaution you can, will prevent a serious accident taking place.

Welding can be a lucrative job. However, it brings with it certain risks. Once you’re aware of these risks and are prepared for them, you can work in a safer and more productive environment.

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