Welding Safety and Hazards

Welding and the Hazards of the Job

Welding can be a profitable position. A beginning pay range is anywhere from $30,000-$83,000. The gap in beginning wages ranges from industry to industry. For instance, shipbuilding has a higher percentage of high end starting salaries than the construction or manufacturing industry. The salary for a certified welder is impeccable, but there are hazards. For instance, if the work area isn’t ventilated properly a welder can potentially breathe in toxic fumes. Burns are quite common in the industry as well. These problems may seem high risk, but with the proper training and attentiveness to safety most accidents can be prevented. For example, proper attire such as glasses, helmets, gloves, heat resistant boots, aprons and masks should be worn at all times.