Welding Burn to Eyes (KV 140)

 

What Happened?

Two Welders were performing "buddy welding" in the auxiliary building on a Unit 1 low pressure injection high point vent.

The two individuals were welding opposite sides of the same piping joint. One individual received an eye burn and one did not. The two individuals were sharing equipment, including a Speed lens welding mask.

Investigation later revealed the injured employee did not deploy any form of PPE protection for his eyes while not welding, other than shielding his eyes with his sleeve and arm. A standard hood was in the immediate vicinity for use.

Contributing Factors

PPE was not worn even though it was readily available.

What Can We Learn?

Tools

A Peer Check would have ensured everyone was donned with required PPE before the work began.

A Critical Step Check would have identified the initiation of the weld as the critical step and wearing required PPE as your line of defense.

Traps

Overconfidence was a factor making the employee believe turning his face away from the work was sufficient protection.

Ask the Right Questions

How does this relate to our work?

Where do we have similar traps?

What Tools can we use to avoid a similar incident?

Was a stop work point missed?