Safety Tip of the Week – Hot Work Safety

Welding is a routine job on many worksites. However, this common task has hazards that can result in serious injury and property damage.

Experts estimate that 6% of all fires on industrial properties are caused by welding or cutting. The main cause is the sparks or hot slag welding necessarily produces.

Pre-planning:

Pre-planning includes a hazard assessment to:

  • Identify existing and potential hazards; and
  • Eliminate or control these hazards.

Questions to Consider before Beginning Hot Work:

  • Does everyone understand the scope of the work?
  • Have all the affected employees been notified?
  • Have security, emergency response personnel, and affected workers in the area been notified?
  • Has the permit been filled out?
  • Has the area been inspected before hot work is to start?
  • Are all flammables/combustibles removed from the area?
  • Has the area been evaluated to ensure that no flammable vapors are present?
  • Is a fire extinguisher available?
  • Are immovable fire hazards covered with a tarp or other non-combustible covering?
  • Have employees been told to immediately stop hot work if conditions change, odors become┬ápresent, etc., until the area is re-inspected?
THOSE WHO WORK THE SAFEST WAY…LIVE TO SEE ANOTHER DAY!!
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