4 Tips for Staying Injury Free in a Machine Shop
The thrill of working in a metal fabrication Manitoba shop can quickly turn into a nightmare if you don’t properly protect yourself while welding or working with metal elements. Proper protection and a deep understanding of the tools of the trade can help prevent accidents and injuries. A metal fabrication shop can be a dangerous place, but these safety tips can help save life and limb.
- Undergo Proper Training
Before starting any fabrication project, it is imperative that you complete a detailed training session. Know the working conditions, the occupational hazards and the equipment that will be used. Thoroughly review the proper safety protocols as well.
- Visually Inspect all Tools and Equipment
A malfunctioning tool or piece of equipment is an accident waiting to happen, so visually conduct a detailed inspection of any items that will be used during a project. It doesn’t matter if they are hand-operated tools or pieces of machinery.
- Always Exercise Caution
Make sure any loose articles of clothing have been restrained or tucked into protective gear. Avoid wearing jewelry or items that could fall or get caught in the machinery. Protective gloves should be worn when handling sheet metal, both due to the rough edges of the material as well as the heat that may be generated during the fabrication process.
- Wear Protective Clothing
If the shop doesn’t provide proper protective equipment, be sure you have a personal set and use it. Goggles, safety shoes, a hard hat, gloves and coveralls are all essentials when working with metal and machining equipment. In addition to protecting your body with clothing, be sure to follow proper lifting, bending and movement recommendations to avoid injuring the muscles or joints of your body.
These tips can help prevent unnecessary bodily harm while working on projects in a machine shop. Remember to follow any safety protocols posted by the shop owners as well as recommended by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.