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August 06, 2020

A welding technician's job demands extra care to avoid safety risks. There are various types of risks that an aviation welder has to face. A careful approach towards the job avoids these risks. It's crucial not only for the safety of the welding technician but also ensures the continuity of the aviation welding operations and also the aircraft's safety.

As a professional welding technician, you need to follow certain preventive measures. It's a part of being a professional, you do what's necessary and not take anything for granted. It'll help you do well and keep the aircraft in perfect risk-free conditions.

Let's now see what the five most common risks that welding technicians have to avoid are.

1. Electric shock

Electric shock can cause severe injuries and can also be fatal. An electric shock is dangerous both directly and indirectly. It can cause an injury by itself or in the least throw the welder off his position, causing a fall and consequent injury. Therefore, the welding technician has to be careful all the time and follow all the precautionary measures to avoid an electric shock.

2. Constant exposure to gases

Welding is all about being exposed to fumes and gases that can be harmful to the welding technician. A welder's job involves dealing with gases, fumes, and flames that are a constant hazard to the welding technician's health. Using proper PPE during the job can reduce the chances of inhaling harmful metal oxide complex compounds.

Another thing that can be helpful is ventilation at the place of the welding. In addition to this, there must be an adequate number of breaks during the job. It'll break up the constant exposure and therefore, can minimize the damage.

3. Explosion and fire

Another constant risk is fire and explosions that can be a result of not following safety precautions. Welding involves high temperatures and flames that may result in fiery explosions if not handled with care. The welding flame is not mostly the cause of concern, but the sparks (splatter) that can even reach a distance of thirty-five feet away from the welding spot. A very crucial preventive measure is to ensure the welding area doesn't have any inflammable material nearby.

4. Inappropriate PPE causing injuries

The risk of not wearing the proper PPE is another hazard that causes several injuries to aviation welding technicians. If a welding technician shows negligence towards using the appropriate PPE, he can be directly in the line of fire and can face an injury. If a welding technician is not wearing proper protective gloves, for instance, his hands can burn. If there are no welding glasses, or better yet a mask in use, eyesight can be affected. It is very significant to use proper PPE while welding.

5. Other preventive measures

Apart from the risks mentioned above and preventive measures to avoid them, there are some general risks that welding technicians must avoid. One such risk is falling from an elevated position if welding a high spot in an aircraft. Moreover, welders must be fully informed about their surroundings when carrying out a welding job. If there is any other material in the area that can get damaged or put the welder or the aircraft at risk, you must take the preventive measures.

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