Aviation welding requires welders to remain safe and protected from on the job hazards, more than any other field. This is because keeping aircrafts defectless and able to fly in the air is very crucial. This is only possible when aviation welding technicians follow the guidelines of keeping themselves safe from hazards and injuries.
Protecting from electric shock
Electric shock is one of the most dreadful things that can happen to a welding technician. During arc welding, a welding technician is at risk of getting electric shock because it involves using live circuits to melt the metal and create a pool. This is why, following all the guidelines for protecting yourself must be followed. It’ll minimize the chances of a welding technician receiving electric shock. Using the proper suiting, gloves, and shoes can pretty much save an aviation welding technician from such a shock. You need to be careful about the welding conditions at the welding place. If it's damp, or your clothes are wet, you are at a greater risk. When working on metal structures, you may also be vulnerable to electric shock.
Noise is also a hazard
The welding place can be noisy and makes it hard to work continuously in an area with such a high pitch noise. When an aviation welder gets constant exposure to this noise, it can affect his hearing ability. Hearing impairment also causes several side effects to welding technicians. Noise hazards can be reduced or avoided using the appropriate PPE, including ear protection equipment, to reduce noise.
UV and IR radiations
Ultraviolet and infrared radiations are also harmful to welding technicians. It’s in their job's nature that they have to deal with such radiation during their regular job. If they don't use the right protective equipment, their eyes and skin can receive serious harm. Skin rashes and eyesight damage can be one of the side effects of not following the guidelines to protect yourself from IR and UV radiations.
Gases and fumes
Welding technicians are also in constant threat of getting sick and affected by gases and fumes. The welding process involves emissions of gaseous substances and fumes that no one must inhale. Not only can it be harmful to the nose and eyes, but it also can cause respiratory diseases, even pneumonia, asthma, cancer, and metal fume fever. It's crucial to cover your nose and eyes mainly to ensure you don't inhale any dangerous gas or fumes.
Another common hazard related to an aviation welding job is the burns that welders get from the welding flame. When welding technicians play with flame all day long, there are high chances of being a little careless for a second and getting a burn injury. Human error is inevitable.
No matter how experienced an aviation welding technician is when bad luck strikes, it doesn't look at a technician's professional career or job profile. To avoid such burns and injuries from flames, wearing a proper protective suit is mandatory. Following other guidelines to avoid coming close to the flame and preventing any fire igniting during welding procedures can help protect you.
Acorn Welding ensures that all staff members and welding technicians follow all safety guidelines during welding procedures. Protecting our welders and ensuring the timely delivery of aircraft after perfect and accurate welding procedures applied with care and dedication. To get in touch with us, click here.