Two ways to prevent accidents when using welders in industrial facilities

The welders that are used in industrial facilities can be quite dangerous. As such, it's sensible to take precautionary measures to prevent accidents from occurring when this equipment needs to be used. Continue reading to learn more.

Replace worn-out protective garments and safety gear promptly

Anyone who uses welding equipment in an industrial setting will usually be provided with a selection of protective outwear and safety gear by their employer.

These items (which may include a welding helmet, a respirator and heavy-duty gloves) can minimise the risk of the equipment operator inhaling toxic fumes, sustaining burns or being electrocuted. However, these items will only keep the operator safe if they are in good condition. If for example, an operator has gotten water on their hands and they then put on a pair of safety gloves that have developed several holes, before proceeding to operate the welding equipment, they could be electrocuted by the welder.

Likewise, if the UV coating on their welding helmet has deteriorated or worn off entirely, their eyes could end up being exposed to the welder's UV radiation. This could permanently damage their corneas.

As such, those who operate welders in industrial facilities should never proceed to use this type of equipment if they notice any issues with their safety gear or protective outwear. In this situation, they should wait for their manager to provide replacements before continuing with their work.

Keep the floors around the welders free from debris and in good condition

If the floors where the welders are located are covered in debris or are in very poor condition, there is a much greater chance that the equipment operator or one of their nearby colleagues will sustain an injury.

If for example, there are food wrappers, water bottles, or other equipment lying on the floor, the equipment operator could trip over one of these items whilst they are holding the torch. If this should happen, the flames and sparks produced by the torch could end up seriously injuring the operator or those working close-by.

Similarly, if the flooring is damaged (for example, if the concrete is crumbling or if one of the tiles has cracked), this, too, could result in the operator tripping, falling and inadvertently hurting themselves or someone else with the welding torch. Water spillages on the floors are perhaps even more dangerous, as these could not only lead to the equipment operator slipping whilst handling the welder but could also increase their risk of being electrocuted.

To learn more about creating a safer work environment, contact services such as Burnback Welding Equip Services.