MIG welding is generally considered the safest and easiest type of welding to learn. No one should ever underestimate the danger of MIG welding, however. Even though it may be the safest of all the types of welding, it is still incredibly dangerous, generating temperatures that range from 3000°C all the way up to 20,000 °C. To put that into perspective, lava ranges in temperature from 700-1250°C. For this reason, it’s very important that proper safety procedures are put into place and adhered to at all times when operating an MIG welder.
What is an MIG welder?
MIG stands for metal inert gas. The MIG welder works by creating an arc of electricity using an electrode and a cathode. This electricity generates extremely high temperatures that are localised to just one spot, allowing the metal to become molten and then to fuse together with other metals. In terms of appearance, the MIG welder looks much like a very simple gas pipe.
Safety tips for using an MIG welder
- Never operate an MIG welder when under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or when feeling excessively tired or ill
- Always wear protective gear including a full body suit, thick, fire-resistant gloves and a metal helmet
- Always wear a protective mask and respiration gear if working with metals that create toxic fumes
- Ensure there are no flammable objects or materials near the welding area – if there are and they can’t be moved, cover them up with a fire-resistant sheet or blanket
- Keep a fire extinguisher nearby at all times
- Never operate an MIG welder without proper training and supervision
- Keep your head away from any fumes that are released during the welding process
- Make sure the area is dry and the surface of the metal to be worked on is free of moisture
- Ensure the area is well ventilated
Personal injury claims for accidents with MIG welders
If you have been injured in an accident with an MIG welder at work, employer negligence may be to blame. This is because your employer has a duty of care to keep you safe at work and that includes providing you with the proper gear, training, equipment, and supervision. This also applies to accidents caused by your fellow employees. If you can prove that your accident was your employer’s fault, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. To find out more, contact our expert legal advisors at Accident Advice Helpline.