Thanks to advancements in technology, the potential for making repairs to metal structures beneath the water's surface is possible. Underwater welding plays a vital role in the maintenance and construction of a number of submerged structures, but this type of welding comes with some risks. One of the biggest risks an underwater welder takes is the potential for electric shock.
Here are three things that you can do to ensure your welders don't get electrocuted while working below the water's surface in the future.
1. Always test equipment thoroughly before authorizing a weld.
The equipment used by underwater welders requires a power source in order to function properly. This power source is typically in the form of electricity generated by a battery.
In order to ensure that your welders aren't at risk of being shocked while under the water's surface, you need to take the time to thoroughly check all equipment before authorizing a weld. Pay particular attention to the function of the equipment's electrical components to ensure there aren't any shorts that might cause electrical failure and shock.
2. Place ground fault accurately.
A ground fault serves as the best line of protection against electrical shock while a diver is welding below the water's surface. The ground fault runs directly into the Earth's surface, and any excess electrical current generated during the welding process is diverted safely into the ground through this ground fault.
When the fault is not placed correctly, the welder is at risk of electrical shock. Ensure that the ground fault is close enough to protect the welder, but far enough away from the work site to prevent the welder from accidentally getting between the ground fault and the soil below.
3. Make ongoing training mandatory.
Knowledge is power when it comes to keeping your underwater welders safe. The easiest way to ensure that one of your workers doesn't become an electrical shock casualty is to make ongoing training mandatory.
Continued training allows welders to keep safety procedures fresh in their minds, reducing the risk that operator error will cause a potentially life threatening electrical shock beneath the water during a weld.
Without underwater welding, it would be impossible to maintain many metal structures. To ensure that your welders are able to safely serve as valuable assets to your construction team. check electrical equipment before each dive, place the ground fault correctly during each dive, and make ongoing safety training mandatory.