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Five Safety Tips For Your Steel Fabrication Business
5 September 2015
Any steel fabrication company worth their mettle understands the importance of workplace safety.
Maintaining a safe working environment is obviously important from a health and welfare perspective and it’s imperative to take all practical steps to minimise the risk of injury to personnel on site, but there are many other issues that are affected by workplace safety (or lack thereof).
Safety issues can negatively impact on productivity and can lead to increased costs, loss of goodwill, financial penalties and possible legal action in the event of a workplace injury, unhappy staff and the potential loss of customers – so it’s imperative that steel fabricators put workplace safety on the top of their daily agendas.
The legislative framework provided by the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 plus additional resources from by government and industry bodies (e.g. WorkSafe Australia) provide clear guidance on controlling risk in the workplace, but if you’re wanting a quick snapshot of safety tips for a steel fabrication business, here are five key things you need to consider.
- Wear protective clothing
Steel fabrication is a potentially hazardous industry and workers should always wear approved protective gear such as overalls, heavy duty gloves, safety glasses or goggles, steel capped boots and hard hats. Workers should also be mindful of wearing baggy clothing or jewellery that may get entangled in the equipment and should take care to tie long hair back.
- Prevent inhalation of dust
Sheet metal fabrication may result in the release of tiny particles of dust into the air which could be harmful if inhaled, so workers on the factory floor should wear masks or other suitable protection over their mouths and noses.
- Avoid skin burns
Sheet metal has high thermal conductivity and consequently can become very hot when exposed to any heat source – and very cold when temperatures drop. Workers need to be very aware of the potential for burns – both from hot metal and freezer burns from cold metal – and wear protective gloves when handling the material.
- Prevent injuries caused by heavy lifting
Using machinery rather than manual labour for moving heavy pieces of sheet metal is a key step in avoiding injuries (such as back and neck strains or shoulder injuries) which can be sustained from heavy lifting.
- Safe handling and storage of equipment
Proper training on the use of tools and equipment involved in sheet metal fabrication is critically important – as is ensuring that all machinery and tools are maintained optimally. Whether the equipment being used is state-of-the-art cutting machinery or conventional shears and grinders, it’s imperative that they’re in good working order so that the risk of injury is minimised.
A professional steel fabrication company won’t take any shortcuts when it comes to ensuring the safety of both their employees and anyone else visiting their workplace and they’ll take all steps that are practically possible to reduce or eliminate any risk. This will include identifying hazards, providing appropriate training, ensuring compliance with legislative processes and implementing appropriate health and safety procedures that are adhered to and properly supervised.
A steel fabricator that places a high value on workplace safety is one that delivers the best results for its customers. W A Steel is one such company – and their belief that a safer working environment supports enhanced business results has yielded decades of success in steel fabrication in Perth. They produce high quality fabricated steel products for the mining, transport, construction, aviation and materials handling industries using their advanced production facilities in Bassendean, and have a variety of in-house processes giving them the capacity and precision to undertake a wide range of fabricated components and projects to meet customer specifications. If you’d like to learn more about one of the leading steel fabrication companies in Perth and their strong focus on safety, please call them on 08 9377 3778 or visit their website, www.wasteel.com.au.