Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

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

Process: Shipfitting


Burns and Shocks: Case History 1


A shipfitter was setting up his welding equipment. As he installed the whip to the feeder, one hand came in contact with the metal end or nozzle of the whip his other hand grasped the wire from the feeder.

This completed the 80-volt electrical circuit which allowed the 80 volts of electricity to run across his chest.

The employee sustained burns to his hands and was transported to the hospital for treatment.

closeup of welding equipment wire feeder

Analysis and Preventive Measures

Never touch live electrical parts!

  • Before setting up equipment be sure the power source is secured.
  • Be sure switches are set to the proper position for the job you are going to do.
  • Wear dry, leather insulating gloves in good condition to prevent "live" parts of welding equipment from touching bare skin or wet clothing.
closeup of welding amperage meter displaying #56
gloved hands assembling welding supply line


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