As a metal fabricator, you’re used to handling rough and tough materials. In fact, you take pride in your hard work each and every day. It’s a staple in your life that you will never get rid of. At Ambi-Tech, we encourage you to continue your craft and advance your skill as far as you can. In fact, we want to share some safety tips that metal fabricators ought to know so that you can have a long lasting career as a fabricator — remember, you only have so many fingers.
Six Metal Fabrication Safety Tips
It’s important that you, as a metal fabricator, understand the inherent danger your job poses. You work with metal of all materials. It’s a tough, unforgiving partner. One wrong move, and you could lose a finger. In fact, the heavy-duty gloves you wear are effective a majority of the time when a piece of metal slams down on your hand. You wear them anyway to decrease the chance of injury. Here are the six safety tips you ought to know:
Tip #1 – Make Sure You’re Properly Trained
Most metal fabrication injuries occur due to lack of training in machinery or material handling. Granted, metal fabricators like yourself are a tough bunch, but you are still susceptible to a sheet of metal claiming a finger. If you have greenhorns on the floor, make sure they are trained and ready to go at it alone before you ship them out to sea.
Tip #2 – Inspect Your Tools Before Use
Before your day starts, inspect all your tools. If you’re switching to a new set of tools, inspect them for any existing metal fragments or malfunctions. A broken tool put under pressure is going to break more, and it may result in you becoming injured.
Tip #3 – Pay Attention To What You’re Doing
This may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at the number of injuries that occur due to lack of attention. It ranks in the top five for cause of injury for metal fabricators. Simply said, pay attention to what you’re doing.
Tip #4 – Handle Materials And Products Properly
A piece of sheet metal is dangerous. If you mishandle sheet metal, or any kind of metal material or product, it can result in serious injury. Check your surroundings before lifting any metal off of a work table or out of storage. Let others around you know you’re on the move with metal. Finally, make sure your path is clear before you start walking.
Tip #5 – Wear The Proper Clothing And Equipment.
This tip is simple, but vital. Wear safety glasses, welding helmets, heavy-duty aprons, steel-toed boots, and more based on what you’re actually working on. A welder is going to wear much more protective gear than someone doing accounting in the front office. Make sure you’ve dressed appropriately for the job at hand.
Tip #6 – Install Electronic Motor Brakes Into All Applicable Machines
Your drill press, lathe, roll formers, and more all have brakes in them. Most of them utilizing mechanical friction-based brakes. This results in more money and time spent on maintenance, as well as an increase in safety risk. Instead, install DC injection brakes on all your machines to improve safety and decrease cost in time and money.
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