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Safety during hot work

New York residents who are in occupations that require the use of hot work should take the necessary precautions to remain safe. Welding, brazing, soldering, grinding and cutting require the use of hot work equipment that can expose people to the risk of fire. Fires can be started by the leaks of flammable gases or the ignition of combustible materials into the workplace.

To prevent burn injuries, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration advises that workers should perform their hot work in locations that are away from fire hazards and that guards should be used to limit sparks, slag and heat and to protect fire hazards that cannot be relocated. There should be appropriate fire-extinguishing equipment nearby in case of emergencies and someone to act as a watch whenever hot work is in progress. A gas detector should also be on the premises to provide warning of the excessive accumulation of flammable gas.

Grinding work can cause a wide range of injuries. Workers can be struck by a portable grinder, get their hands or fingers accidentally caught in grinding wheels or receive injuries from the sparks of flying metal filings. OSHA recommends that workers make sure to wear the proper protective equipment while grinding. The workers should closely inspect all grinding machinery before they are used. Also, fire guard and prevention equipment should always be readily available.

The failure to adhere to workplace safety requirements can lead to serious injuries. However, most employees are covered by their employer's workers' compensation insurance policy, and an attorney can often be of assistance in the preparation and submission of a claim for benefits.

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