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Welding Shop Safety….Is The Grinder Winning?

Welding Shop Safety

When it comes to the topic of welding shop safety, mostly everyone seems to have a basic understanding of what to be aware of. Then why are there still so many accidents? An accident is by definition “an accident” so we can honestly say its not done intentionally and I don’t find too many people willing to harm themselves just for the fun of it. Now I have had my share of accidents while welding and fabricating and as I look in hindsight as to what I did wrong, here are a few:

  • Ignorance- just plain ignorance of the equipment I was using
  • Distracted- being distracted by my things going on in my personal life and this can be a big problem. (vent this stuff out on the blog instead)
  • Being in too much of a hurry- the pressures of getting a job done can cause you to lose focus on what you are doing. (sometimes we can’t avoid the pressure but we need to learn how to deal with it)
  • Safety Third- where have I heard that before?
  • Ignorance again- I have been guilty of being too proud in the company of my peers to admit that I did not understand what I was doing and I’m just not cool enough to get away with it (there is no shame in asking questions before, during and after you are welding something)

Now I could go on and on about welding shop safety, but I think you can come up with a few yourself right? If you care to share, by all means, tell me about it.

Here is a look at Paul’s finger for those who couldn’t find it on an earlier post. The image is very graphic but necessary to be careful and prevent any accidents in the future.

Welding Shop Safety....Is The Grinder Winning?

After the ugly grinder episode

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Ken Wiltshire
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Ken Wiltshire

Wire wheel mishap. WEAR THE DANG SAFETY GLASSES!!

Holydiver22
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Holydiver22

one time i had a wire hit me in neck from clear across the shop and it stung yes saftey glasses r a must if you vaule ur eyes afterall u only get one pair

Ken Wiltshire
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Ken Wiltshire

The most important element of your personal safety philosophy!

vicktoria
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vicktoria

Glad he’s okay!

james
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james

I’m sure he is fine, Its probably a photoshop experiment.

Ken Wiltshire
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Ken Wiltshire

That’s going to leave a mark.

Holydiver22
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Holydiver22

looks like he tried to pet a tiger!

Ken Wiltshire
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Ken Wiltshire

What caused this injury?
a) A Samurai sword mishap
b) Darth Vader’s light saber
c) Knife slipped while buttering a slice of bread
d) Hydraulic fluid under 3500psi through a pinhole leak in a pipe
Hint: the answer is D, okay? The other answers are just plain silly.

Holydiver22
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Holydiver22

While in the army my command made sure we nwere all aware of the leathality of high pressure hyralic lines we had saftey posters all over the motorpool displaying dead soldiers who had been mutilated by exploding lines scary stuff to think a pinhole size rupture could could cut you in half

james
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james

And that is another reason “arc strikes” are prohibited. When pipe is under a tremendous amount of pressure, an arc strike can cause the molecular structure of the metal to be so weak that a pin hole can develop.

Zoeller
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Zoeller

Does anyone know how josh’s grinder insident happend, anyone herd frim since yesterday? Cause tnat was gnarly.

joshua eve
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joshua eve

Hey guys here is the picture of my finger after last weeks grinder incident.

Vasean "lock Dr" Chambers
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Vasean "lock Dr" Chambers

Let me show you something!

Empire Abrasives
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Being a distributor of grinding wheel products safety is one of our first concerns. These pictures are scary but they are real life. Follow instructions, don’t take off the guards, wear safety gear and put safety first.

Jesse Hulett
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Jesse Hulett

I think the graphic image is necessary to drive the point home.

Ronald Coleman
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Ronald Coleman

The image of Paul’s fingertip inspires me to be more mindful of safety. RC

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