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.