To err is human, but reducing the risk of these errors and mistakes is beneficial especially in a workplace environment. If you work in a manufacturing facility, understanding the dangers of mistakes and accidents is even more important, since many errors can lead to serious injury. Whether working on actual industrial equipment or connecting sheet metal, welding can be dangerous without proper understanding and training. As a matter of fact, welding, cutting, and brazing can lead to numerous injuries. By avoiding these common welding mistakes, you will be able to reduce the risk of workplace accidents, protecting yourself and other employees.
1. Poor Cable Connections
Issues pertaining to the ground connections and cables can lead to serious problems, affecting the quality of your welding arc while increasing your risk of electrical shock.
If cables are damaged, you will lack the proper voltage needed to create sufficient heat for welding. Improper cable connections can also cause spatter, which will require more time and energy to clean up after the welding work is complete.
Before starting to weld, check the connections to ensure they are tightened and secure (they will loosen over time). Cables should be free of nicks and damage, as well.
2. Insufficient/Excessive Anti-Spatter
Anti-spatter spray is essential while welding because it prevents spatter from the welding arc sticking to the welding gun.
Without a sufficient amount of anti-spatter, a simple welding job can turn into an overwhelming mess. On the other hand, too much anti-spatter can decrease the function of your welding gun, reducing the quality of the weld and increasing the time and cost to perform a simple welding task.
Check the welding parameters and settings to determine if you have the right amount of anti-spatter spray. If your gas settings are adjusted too high, this can also increase the amount of spatter you see while welding. Lower the amount of gas you are using instead of using more anti-spatter spray.
3. Improper Preparation
Lastly, accidents may occur if you are not properly prepared to begin a welding job.
To get started, make sure you have the appropriate safety gear on hand to wear. Gloves protect your hands and arms from spatter, shock, and burn. Of course, a full mask that covers your entire face and part of the head is also essential because of the constant spatter that welding produces. You should also wear an apron over your body to not only protect your clothing, but to also protect your neck, chest, abdomen, and legs.
Before beginning, know what type of metal you are working with since this will affect the type of welding you perform. With proper understanding and preparation, welding in a manufacturing environment can be effective, efficient, and safe. For more information, contact your local welding services.