U.S. Department of Labor
Process: Hot Work
Process: Hot Work - Welding, Cutting and Brazing
Most Common Cause of Injury in Hot Work:
The shipyard community has identified the above five potential hazards associated with hot work. Of these hazards, improper body position was identified as the most prevalent.
Improper body position
Prolonged static postures associated with neck flexion, working for extended periods on knees or in positions that create awkward postures of the spine, and hand gripping are the leading causes of injury to workers performing hot work in the shipbuilding and repair industry. Additional risk factors are the frequent bending, stooping, squatting and crouching inherent to performing hot work in shipyards.
Standards Applicable to Hot Work:
- 29 CFR 1915 Subpart D: Welding, Cutting and Heating
- 29 CFR 1915 Subpart B: Confined and enclosed spaces and Other Dangerous Atmospheres in Shipyard Employment.
- 29 CFR 1915 Subpart I: Personal Protective Equipment
- 29 CFR 1910 Subpart G: Occupational Health and Environmental Control