Metal Fabrication:
How To Avoid Common Injuries

Working in the metal fabrication industry can be extremely hazardous for employees who do not stick to the requested safety regulations that are certainly of the utmost importance.

Good news is that in the last few years, the rate of unwelcome accidents and injuries in metal fabrication has significantly dropped, thanks to the cutting edge work equipment that meets highest safety standards, along with the enhanced safety regulations for working in these environments. However, nothing can protect a careless worker harm himself and other workers in his surrounding if performing the tasks with unforgivable negligence.

The Potential, Yet Common Dangers Of Metal Fabrication

  • Noise and other distractions are one of the common problems of metal-fabrication workers that usually lead to lost of concentration. Losing concentration in this industry is out of question, because consequences of failure can be fatal. Hence, remaining mindful and maintaining caution is of the utmost importance in building metal structures by bending, cutting and assembling processes.
  • Another issue that causes disorientation is the lack of adequate ventilation and exhaust systems, where workers are exposed to inhalation of welding fumes and other emissions of hazardous chemicals and lubricants commonly present in metal fabrication. This is why proper and quality ventilation/exhaust system is vital in this type of working environment.
  • Injuries from handling materials and hand tools usage are not an exception too. In most cases, handling materials cause injuries related to ligaments, joints, muscles and nerves of the back, neck, arms, legs and abdomen. When it comes to injuries caused by the use of hand tools, they are all musculoskeletal related, usually causing chronic disorders of the wrist, the hand and the forearm.

How To Avoid The Injuries In Metal Fabrication

As previously mentioned, the best way to prevent any unwelcome injury is to adhere to the recommended safety protocols. Here are the main principles of workplace safety:

  • Controlled (limited) exposure to hazardous materials.
  • Adjustable workstations to accommodate various tasks and employees at the same time.
  • Uncluttered workspace layout to reduce the contact with dangerous equipment and areas.
  • Strong focus on physical exertions and personal surroundings.

Moreover, another effective way to reduce the risk of injuries in metal fabrication is using cranes, forklifts, trolleys and similar machinery to unload the heavy-raw materials and safely transport them between the different stages of the fabrication process. Last but not least, working in a brightly lit work environment at suitable temperatures, including the proper wear clothing are also highly important for performing metal-fabrication work tasks safely and of course, effectively.