Two safety tips that should be kept in mind by those who are involved in the manufacturing of metal fire pits

Two safety tips that should be kept in mind by those who are involved in the manufacturing of metal fire pits

12 August 2019
 Categories: Industrial & Manufacturing, Blog

In any facility where metal fire pits are manufactured, the following safety tips should be kept in mind by those who manage the facility, in order to keep the people who work there safe.

Make sure that staff members wear impact-resistant face shields when using a lathe to form bowl-shaped pits

Many fire pits that are made from metal are bowl-shaped. This item is sometimes made by attaching a large metal disc to a lathe, which spins this disc around at a high speed whilst a sharp tool is used to change this flat disc into a bowl. Any staff members who need to use a lathe should be provided with an impact-resistant face shield to wear whilst they operate it.

The reason for this is that as the tools strike the metal disc spinning on the lathe, very small but sharp metal pieces may be thrust into the air. If they fly toward an unshielded employee's face, they may cut their skin, get into their mouth (which could leave them with oral or oesophageal lacerations) or strike their corneas and scratch them. An impact-resistant face shield that can stay intact even when struck by metal pieces that are flung at it at high speed could spare people from these painful and potentially serious injuries.

Insist that a minimum of two people are involved in the picking up and carrying the finished fire pits

Managers of these manufacturing facilities should insist that at least two people are always involved in picking up and carrying of the finished fire pits. The reason for this is that fire pits are typically made from very weighty alloys (like cast iron or steel), so they could be difficult for one person to lift in a safe manner.

If an employee attempts to lug a fire pit to a new location within the facility by themselves, not only could they inflict a serious injury on their own body (by putting too much strain on their spine and causing one of their discs to herniate, for example) but they could also drop the fire pit and leave it dented or cracked.

On occasions when staff members must manually handle the finished fire pits, at least two of them should be involved in this process, as sharing the weight of this hefty object should not only help those involved to avoid back injuries but should also minimise the chance of the fire pits being dropped to the ground and breaking. 

For more information, contact a metal fire pit manufacturer.

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