Spot the Safety Violation: Welding and Hot Work Nightmare
I never cease to be amazed and confused by the nightmarish situations people put or find themselves in. In this picture it seems so obvious what the hazards are, and yet the individual either doesn’t know better or has made a conscious decision to work in a risky and hazardous situation.
Starting from the top – no welding helmet and no eye protection other than what appear to be regular prescription glasses. There are safe options available for contact and glasses wearers who weld. Not protecting your eyes can cause serious eye damage, including blisters and vision loss.
This individual also doesn’t seem to be wearing the right clothing for welding. In addition to eye and face protection, personal protective equipment worn during hot work should include hearing protection, heat-resistant clothing, safety boots and gloves made of leather or other flameproof material.
There don’t appear to be any screens or signage put up to warn and keep others out of the area. Remember, bystanders can suffer injuries too caused by the sparks, intensity of the light, exposure to fumes, and flying debris.
Finally, the individual appears to be sitting on a container that contains or contained, a flammable substance. Welding and hot work shouldn’t be done where flammable vapors or combustible materials exist.
What other hazards or violations can you find?