The Main Hazards of Waterjet Cutting

Are you thinking about investing in waterjet cutting machines for your manufacturing business? Or perhaps, you already use waterjet technology but are worried about the safety and wellbeing of your team?

Either way, it is always a good idea to find out more about any dangers your employees face when using cutting tools so that you can ensure their safety when onsite.

1.   Ear Damage

Waterjet cutting machines are noisy, which can cause damage to your hearing. Prolonged exposure to loud sounds can cause a whole host of problems, including tinnitus, hearing difficulties, and eventually deafness.

To protect your employees, make sure that you invest in high-quality ear protection equipment and that you arrange regular hearing tests for anyone who uses these tools.

2.   Eye Damage

Waterjet cutters expose the user to high pressure water jet streams, which can cause irreversible damage to the eyes in the form of corneal scratches, detachment of the retina, and, worst-case scenario, dislocation.

To avoid this type of waterjet injury, you need to make sure all your team are wearing the right type of protective equipment, including solid eye protection goggles.

The Main Hazards of Waterjet Cutting

3.   Blast Damage

A common blast injury, water blast damage to your hands can be more dangerous than you might think. While cuts and scratches are the most likely outcome, you also run the risk of cutting one of your fingers clean off.

You can even get cuts when the waterjet machine is turned off, as the slats still pose a cutting hazard.

Keep your hands safe by wearing anti-cut proof gloves at all times when handling a waterjet cutting machine.

4.   Skin Infections

Laser cutting that involves the use of abrasives can increase the risk of the operator becoming infected by small particles of metal. This can be even more dangerous if you are cutting through toxic materials, which can cause skin infections if they penetrate the skin.

Always make sure that you keep both the waterjet machines and the cutting table clean and clear from debris to minimise the risk of exposure.

5.   Life threatening injuries

As waterjet cutting is used to cut thick and hard materials, these machines are more than capable of cutting off a limb if proper care and attention are not used during application.

More commonly, deep puncture wounds and internal bleeding also occur when an operator inadvertently comes into contact with a waterjet.

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It is crucial that anyone who experiences a waterjet injury receives immediate medical attention, even if there are no apparent injuries.

To avoid waterjet cutting accidents, make sure that all your staff undergoes thorough training before they operate a machine, and they are fully informed of all the safety procedures.

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You should always carry out regular risk assessments of the work area, wear the necessary safety PPE equipment and invest in ISO-approved impact safety goggles or glasses. If you then also provide your team with regular training, you are maintaining top safety standards.

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