By Mike Chua | Last Updated: April 25, 2020
One of the places that you need to take much care when working is a welding shop. Here, you find many electric machines that can electrocute or burn with the slightest of mishaps. Research shows that many accidents in a welding shop happen because of negligence and carelessness. While many people continue to succumb to workshop injuries and in some cases death, we look at some parts of a welding shop that requires maximum attention. I aim to reduce the cases of injuries through my blog.
For the better part of my life, I have been able to sit and observe people working in welding shops amongst other workshops so trust me; you are in safe hands.
Before I give you some tips on how to avoid accidents at a welding shop, I provide you with some details of the different welding methods below:
Due to the development in technology, this method is not used frequently in the current times. The method involves the use of hot gases such as oxy-fuel gas that cut through irons by melting them. In this method, you will require protection from the harmful gases especially those that aim for your eyes.
Many people consider this a safer method of welding because the molten metal has sheets of solid material that contain them. However, sometimes there might be ejection of metals that may end up injuring the operator. This method uses an increased level of lasers application in the welding process.
When working in this area of a welding shop, it is important to direct the lasers well to avoid serious injuries. In the past, major injuries have been registered due to the improper direction of the welding machine during the welding process.
Electron beams for welding usually come in a vacuum chamber and do not cause major damages in a welding shop. However, it will not be long until we see improvement on this front. For now, I recommend you take the same precautions as using laser welding.
Other types of welding include aluminothermy and friction welding. Their method of protection is similar to most of the above types of welding.
Sometimes a welding shop can be one of the noisiest places. Noise is a big health hazard, and if not put in control, it can cause significant damages like hearing problems in the long run. Some of the causes of noise in a welding shop include guillotining, hammering and pressing of metals in preparation for the welding process.
When working in such areas of a welding shop, I recommend that you have hearing protections such as headphones. In my experience, I have seen many people acquiring hearing problems because of not wearing hearing protection while working.
As I mentioned above, some of the methods of welding include laser and electron beam welding. All these ways produce radiation that can be harmful to the operator and anybody around the welding shop. If the lasers can cut through metal, imagine what they can do to the human body if ignored.
Ever since I started going round in different welding shops, I have seen robots conducting these types of welding. However, in cases where humans do the work, the operators have high-quality protective garments. I advise that you should take utmost care when working using laser welding machines he welding. Always direct the lasers with precision and care.
Other types of hazards likely to occur at a welding shop include mechanical, electromagnetic and electrical hazards.
Here are some of the general tips to keep in mind while working at a welding shop:
Never operate in a welding shop in open shoes.
Your shirt should be long-sleeved and none flammable.
You must always have welding gloves.
Ear protection should be in place at all times. These may include headphones, earplugs, and muffs
Ensure that there is no chlorinated hydrocarbon in your welding shop before you start the welding process.
Have proper ventilation in your shop
Your welding area should be free of any inflammable
Do not wear clothes that have been exposed to flammable liquids
Before turning the welding machine on, ensure that there are no puddles of water nearby and the wires are connected properly. This will help prevent electrocution
When storing cylinders, make sure that they are always upright.
From my experience, working in a welding shop can be the trickiest of jobs. However, somebody has to be there, so I have suggested some tips above to keep you safe. For the better part of my life, I have been visiting various workshops including welding shops, so the information relayed on this blog is straight from the ground.
I hope that the article has been useful to you. Kindly comment on the section below and I will be glad to hear your feedback.
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