Safety Tips That Can Pay Off With Steel Fabrication

Posted on: 2 March 2021

Steel fabrication is an incredible opportunity to make so many things. It does have some risks involved like many other specialty fabrication processes, but you'll manage them just fine if you use these safety tips in your own steel fabrication.

Grab a Partner

Steel fabrication is one of these processes that can be done without any assistance, but certain situations do call for help from a partner. For instance, if you need to move a large piece of steel to the work table to be fabricated, it's much better to use a partner so that you don't have to shoulder all of the weight.

Or maybe you need to keep steel from moving around while you cut it. If you don't have vice grips, the next best thing is a partner that can hold portions down for you. These situations drastically reduce your risk of injury when a partner helps, even if they don't know much about working with steel.

Keep Fabrication Site Organized 

Wherever you'll be fabricating steel for different projects, you want to keep this site as organized as you can. That can keep a lot of accidents from happening throughout fabrication. For instance, keeping materials off the ground gives you clear walkways, and then you don't have to worry about tripping over steel materials.

A designated place for every piece of steel also will help in you not having to search frantically. You'll know where everything is, and that can keep you from rushing when around sharp pieces of steel and potentially getting injured. 

Go Slow When Using Equipment You're Not Familiar With

There are a lot of incredible tools involved in steel fabrication, from welders to cutters. Eventually, you'll come into a tool that you've never used before when manipulating steel. These new experiences call for extra precautions from you. 

Go at a slow pace with the new tool so that you get familiar with how it fabricates steel. You'll build competency in a safe manner. Then once you have more experience with new tools, you can go at a faster pace and still get quality fabrication results.

Always being safe when fabricating steel is important, especially if you're working with large pieces or materials that are sharp. Before you start any customization, go through safety tips that will be relevant for the type of work you'll be doing with steel. Then injuries won't be as frequent. 


Using Heavy Construction Equipment Safely

When I was a kid, my family owned a small timber company. My father, my grandfather, my three uncles, and my cousin worked hard to make this family business a success. Every year, they assessed their heavy equipment needs. If they discovered that they needed a new piece of heavy machinery, they did not hesitate to purchase it. They knew that replacing worn equipment was necessary in order to protect the employees of the business. Whenever they bought a new piece of machinery, they also scheduled training sessions to teach employees how to properly use it. On this blog, you will discover the importance of training employees how to safely use new heavy construction equipment.