Welder Burns Fingers Braising Hydraulic Line

Hazard Alert

Proper Procedures While Braising or Welding

Employee was braising a 1/2 inch x 6 foot steel line from a forwarder in a parts trailer. He had repaired the line on one side and as he turned it over to repair the other side of the line, a bit of hot hydraulic oil dripped on his fingers causing the burns. The employee sustained burns on the top of his index, middle, and ring fingers on his left hand. The employee estimated that it was only a tablespoon of oil. Employee was wearing a welding glove on his right hand but not on his left hand.

Recommendations to Prevent a Recurrence

Ensure hydraulic lines are drained of oil before braising or welding. Always wear proper gloves when braising or welding on any machine.

Goals of the FSSNS

  • Save lives and reduce injuries.
  • Reduce all costs associated with work place accidents.
  • Improve profits.
  • Maintain compliance with regulatory bodies.
  • Manage and establish ownership of industry managed loss control programs.
  • Reduce Workers' Compensation rates.
The Forestry Safety Society of Nova Scotia is registered under the Societies Act of Nova Scotia. It is a separate entity, having a Memorandum of Association and By-Laws. The Society is governed by a Board of Directors, representing all sectors of the forest industry.