Steel Fabrication: Potential Safety Concerns

In the UK, the responsibility for monitoring safety in the steel fabrication industry lies with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). They also release information on specific procedures and the most serious types of accidents that occur in metal fabrication. This agency works with companies to help them implement measures capable of reducing and/or eliminating hazards in this industry.

Common Injuries in Metal Fabrication

According to statistics and research undertaken by the HSE the most common causes of injuries in metal fabrication is in the following areas:

  • Handling and carrying materials etc.
  • Being struck by moving machinery
  • Being hit by falling objects

Overall, such actions and diverse conditions can result in a variety of physical problems including:

  • Vibration white finger
  • Back and shoulder problems
  • Neck pains
  • Issues concerning the hands, arms, and even legs

Deafness and various types of skin conditions can also arise from working in steel fabrication.

Legal Requirements

The responsibility for safety in the workplace lies with the company. Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, companies must maintain a safe and healthy work environment. The onus is on employers and employees to work together to ensure everyone remains safe while at work. However, the enforcement of these laws lies with HSE, local authorities and other regional and local bodies.

Preventing Potential Injuries in Steel Fabrication

The current legislation exists to prevent injuries on the job. In steel fabrication, the company owes it to all its employees to provide them with the means of operating in a safe environment. This includes ensuring the equipment has the proper safety features. It also means putting into place stringent safety measures and enforcing. Training of all employees in such practices will help to minimize the potential and actual risks for all employees. It will help to ensure every steel fabrication employee goes home at the end of a workday.

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