Welding requires skill and training before it can be executed properly and safely. Although a blow torch might seem like an uncomplicated tool to handle, it can be difficult and tricky to operate it for someone who has no training. Even with the proper training, there are still welding accidents that happen. Right equipment, skill and education on welding lessen the risk of welding accidents at work from occurring.
Welding related injuries
The most common injury arising from welding is being burned. When a worker is burned, the injury can be fatal due to the intense heat and pressure that contacts the skin. Apart from burns, welding injuries may also be due to exposure to harmful UV or Ultraviolet Radiation and IR or Infrared Radiation. UV rays can also cause burns in the skin as well as cause an eye condition called arc-eye which affect the eyes’ lenses. IR radiation on the other hand causes scarring and thermal burns which can cause discomfort and pain.
Being exposed to intense visible light is another welding accident that can happen. An example of injury brought about by exposure to this is retinal damage. Inhalation of metal fumes for a long period of time while welding can cause respiratory problems. Hence, proper training, right equipment, appropriate gear and suitable working environment should be provided by the employer to the employees to prevent accidents from happening.
What you need to do to avoid welding accidents
One tip to avoid welding accidents is to use adequate protective equipment for your skin and eyes. Welding masks, thick protective clothing, boots and respiratory gear must be provided by the employer to his workers for the latter’s safety. Proper clothing involves wearing heavy fabrics or materials which are not easily burned. It is also necessary that no part of your skin or body part is left uncovered.
Sufficient training to do welding work is necessary. If you are a beginner, never start a welding project until you have familiarized yourself will the process and safety guidelines. Just the same, even if you are a pro when it comes to welding, you should not be careless in operating the tool.
Correct operation of equipment is also needed for the worker’s safety. Check the equipment for defects. A leak can not only be inconvenient but also hazardous for you. Ventilation in the work area is also needed so that hazardous fumes will not be inhaled by the workers. Prolonged exposure to these fumes can cause serious illness. Lastly, the work space should be free from flammable materials so that explosions will not happen.
Under the UK law, there are certain standards that should be maintained by the employer to ensure that the welfare of the employees is protected. Otherwise, this would give rise to certain liabilities on the part of the employer. Injury to third parties can also be a source of compensation claim for damages as when a third party inhales fumes coming from the work area. Compensation claims are vital to someone who is affected by the accident since it would entail huge expenses for treatment and medication.