Powered by GoogleTranslate
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
U.S. Department of Labor

Process: Hot Work

 

Hazard: Repeated Trauma

Problems

Repeated Trauma Problem 1

Repeatedly using the neck to flip back the welding hood or to snap it down stresses the neck muscles and vertebra. Over time painful musculoskeletal injury with long lasting or permanent effects may develop.

 

 

 

 

 

Solutions

Repeated Trauma Solution 1

This injury can easily be prevented by using the hand to raise or lower the welding hood. Repeated trauma injuries such as this are gradual in their onset and employees often don't recognize the problem until the damage has been done.

Problems

Repeated Trauma Problem 2

Welders and burners must frequently use vibratory pneumatic tools in tasks associated with their work such as smoothing welds, or removing paint or corrosion from areas where hot work is to be performed. Hand and arm vibration, excessive force, or inadequate recovery time after using such tools can lead to tendon, nerve, or neurovascular disorders, which like many repeated trauma injuries may go unnoticed until the injury is severe.

 

Solutions

Repeated Trauma Solution 2

Alternating hot work and tasks utilizing vibratory tools to reduce the number of hours per day the tool is used is one method of preventing this type of injury. Wearing antivibration gloves, wrapping tool handles with anti-vibration tape, focusing on relaxing tense muscles and taking frequent mini breaks are all methods that will help prevent repeated trauma disorders.

Problems

Repeated Trauma Problem 3

Even when tools are properly maintained, using damaged or excessively worn consumable grinding discs can significantly contribute to the vibration being produced and increase the risk of injury.

 

 

 

 

 

Solutions

Repeated Trauma Solution 3

"Consumables cabinets" such as the one in this photo can be placed in work areas and provide workers convenient access to grinding discs and other consumable items.

A-10

Back to Top

Thank You for Visiting Our Website

You are exiting the Department of Labor's Web server.

The Department of Labor does not endorse, takes no responsibility for, and exercises no control over the linked organization or its views, or contents, nor does it vouch for the accuracy or accessibility of the information contained on the destination server. The Department of Labor also cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked Web sites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked Web site. Thank you for visiting our site. Please click the button below to continue.

Close