How to Avoid Fried Eyeballs: Welding Safety Tip #1


Last week’s welding news seemed to surrender to the pendulum as much as the stock market. Swing up, swing down, and repeat. Forgive me for shuddering.

Good News: Welding in video games

Good News Bad News: Lincoln Electric looses $5.8 million (as Curtis Cooley rocks a wide smile someone at Lincoln Electric is sleeping with both eyes open. . .)

Good News: Miller Welding features solar goods

Bad News: Wooden pier flamed, possibly by welders

SHOCKINGLY Bad News:  $10 million worth of damage to 78 condos, torched by welders

That last one hit me like an unsuspecting blow from a tether-ball (you know, the one with the string). I don’t know if negligence was involved; for the sake of my argument, let’s say it was. When you first began to weld did you follow the safety rules?

 

Helmets

Gloves

Workman’s clothes

Workman’s boots

Following the instructions “to the tee” for every machine you used

ETC.?

When you were able to lay weld beads in your sleep, the rules changed. Yeah they did. Helmet became an option. You don’t need to weld in special clothes . . . this isn’t a visit to the in-laws. Instructions are for “newborn” and pathetic welders (I beg to disagree). I think saving over $10 million and nearly 80 condos is a decent trade for putting safety first (and your own safety at that).  So you don’t forget, let’s visit one of the welding rules of safety.

  1. Always wear a helmet (or some sort of protective eye gear)!

Unless you’re eager for “welder’s flash” there is no reason to avoid wearing a helmet. Welder’s flash is nasty sensation you get when you stare at an arc or flash without a helmet. It feels like your eyeballs are being fried by a million ants running around your eyes just to make them itch. Weird! I’m a fan of the Jackson Welding Helmet, Shadow HSL 1 w/ Fixed Front (apparently, I’m not alone. This is among the best selling helmets in the industry!). If you consistently wear a helmet, welder’s flash will be no more than a myth. Check out our next post for details on what you should look for in a welding helmet.

Yes, this is a basic safety tip and one that should not bear repeating- should not, but I’m a fan of repetition. I’ve also realized it’s the simplest rules that people have the hardest time following.

So, to avoid frying your eyeballs (and neck, face, ears, teeth. . .), what type of helmet do you use?

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