Welding Processes Safety Intro
is the first of a series of safety articles on different welding processes. Safety
should be your number one priority no matter which welding process you are using.
people think of welding as a very dangerous trade, and rightly so. I've been hurt
quite a few times in the 25 years I've spent in the trade, a couple of times really
bad. And guess what, when I was hurt bad, it was because of "the other guy!"
There were plenty cause by my own fault though. Once I put my hand under a 2 ton
concrete beam that was being set in place. There was a plastic shim the beam was
to sit on and it was turned wrong so I pushed it real fast with my fingers.
stupid move! The beam was hanging on the crane and had been there a few minutes,
so I "figured" I could move it before they came down on the load. Here's
a good tip for shop, field and even garage hobbyist
Right when I put my hand under that sucker, they lowered it! Thank God it kind
of bounced and I was able to get my hand out.
heard of guys pulling their hands out of their gloves with no fingers after similar
accidents, and I sure was relieved mine were there and there wasn't even any blood.
By some fluke I had escaped injury except to my pride for being a dumb#$%@%, and
my hand was numb and hurt like heck for a while.
split second of not using common sense and I got nailed. Most every welding process
is relatively safe as long as you educate yourself and use common sense. If you
want to see a lack of education and common sense watch just about any of the cable
TV shows about building motorcycles, hot rods, or doing work on some of fabrication
and building shows. I've seen these guys cutting with no cutting glasses and for
that matter cutting with no glasses at all, as well as all kinds of other crazy
won't mention any names, but just tune in and watch if you wanta' see what I mean.
In the coming articles I'll talk about different safety for different welding
processes. Usually I'll tell about something I've seen or that has happened to
me in the hopes of keeping someone else from doing it, or having it done to them.
Safety affects us all and yet until recent years it was hardly even addressed
on most of the jobsites I worked on.
remember to use common sense and follow the safety practices. Don't take chances
because it CAN happen to you.
general description of welding processes