Welding and cutting tasks are dangerous, especially when working on a construction site. As the environment around you is constantly changing, it is important to keep safety in mind.

To avoid injuries on the job, consider these safety recommendations

1. Check for Fire Hazards

Always check for fire hazards before you start welding. Wood, paper and other flammable materials should be removed from the area. Flammable liquids should also be removed. Never weld or cut in areas with lots of trees or dry grass.

2. Clean Away Debris

Clean up any debris on the floor or ground before welding on it. Then cover the ground or floor with metal or other non-combustible material. Wetting the floor or ground may also be a good idea, although this may increase the risk of shock. Beware of these dangers as necessary.

3. Seal Cracks

Seal cracks so that sparks or slag cannot escape, and never allow this hot material to fall into machine pits.

4. Follow Combustible Material Safety

If you must weld near flammable materials, have a fire extinguisher, water bag, fire hose, or sandbag handy. It may also be necessary to have another worker stand by with a fire extinguisher to put out the sparks.

5. Follow Flammable Material Safety

If you are welding or cutting a tank or drum containing a flammable liquid or gas, do not begin your operation until a valid test shows that no dangerous vapors are present. Do not rely on another employee’s word that the tank or drum has been previously tested; Insist on a new exam before you start.

6. Ensure Proper Ventilation

If you are working in a confined space at work, make sure your work area is properly ventilated. Many welding and cutting operations produce fumes that are harmful in high concentrations; Good ventilation is one of the best ways to protect yourself against this risk. If necessary, use special ventilating equipment.

7. Wear Protective Gear

Wear face and eye protection, such as goggles and a helmet, to protect against hazards. Workers working with metal, chipping and cleaning should always keep their helmets down to prevent metal flying particles from entering the eyes. Eye protection, such as goggles, is worn to protect against flash burns caused by sparks, slag, and radiation from molten metal and welding equipment.

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Make safety a top priority when you weld and cut. Taking these precautions will reduce your risk of occupational injuries, making your job more enjoyable. If you have any questions about construction safety, connect with a member of our team.