Experts in this field are work health and safety experts who have focused their studies on metal fabrication, specifically the cutting, burning, welding, machining, forming, and assembly of metal into structures and machines. WH&S relates to the management of risks to the health and safety of anyone visiting a business, including workers, customers, and suppliers. In this case, it primarily to those handling the metals, but also to the end user. Working with metal can have potentially dangerous consequences if WH&S standards are not observed.
Some of the consequences of inadequate WH&S policies in metal fabrication can be quite detrimental, including a variety of injuries obtained during the process such as burns, cuts, crushing traumas or even death. There are the usual musculoskeletal considerations of any work space, but amplified, due to the extreme heat, weight, and unwieldy nature of the metal being handled. Metal fabrication is governed by a set of protocols which ensures the safety of the worker and these must be observed to safeguard the employee. These guidelines ensure safe practices for the workers, and a safe product for the end user.
WH&S expertise in this area is usually sought to promote the well-being of all visitors and workers to the site of any metal fabrication, and to ensure safe practices are being promoted and enforced, so that the finished product is safe also. Protecting workers and visitors in this way both safeguards their personal health and the interests of the metal fabrication company, protecting them from legal action.
Experts in this area come from many professional backgrounds. Many will come from a metal fabrication background, having worked as welders, ironworkers, blacksmiths, or boilermakers. Some will be trained engineers, mechanics, OH&S experts, or generalised ergonomists. They may also come from a medical background, from doctors specialising in injuries at work to physiotherapists. The specific specialisation and background needed in your metal fabrication expert will be determined by the matter which requires examination.
At the bottom of this profile are brief details of a number of the experts that Expert Experts represents. Call our office to discuss your requirements and to obtain a recommendation that suits your needs and budget.Expertise in Action
Experts in WH&S as it relates to meat handling can be called upon to assist in policy design, enforcement and creation of safety measures, injuries sustained at work during metal fabrication, cases involving a trauma caused by a faulty metal product, and many more.Sample Reports
For some fields of expertise we have some sample sections of de-identified reports. Please contact our office if you are interested in a sample.Cost
The overall cost of expert opinion depends on the services required. Some of the key factors that affect the cost of advice include:
- The need for a view or inspection of a location
- The quantity of documentary material to be reviewed
- Whether there are reports of other experts to be reviewed and commented on in detail
- Whether there is a need for conferences with the expert either in person or by telephone/Skype
An engineering article on what modern metal fabrication looks like.Work Health and Safety in Structural Metal Product Manufacturing: a Qualitative Research Study
A Safework Australia research paper into WH&S in metal fabrication.Foundries and metal fabrication Information for workers fabricating metal and casting molten metal in foundries
A Worksafe Victoria resource page on a range of WH&S concerns in relation to metal working.Relevant Cases Roberts v Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE  VCC 181 (27 February 2008)
A case on the issue of negligence in a situation in which a welding student suffered permanent eye damage when allegedly improperly instructed on eye protection measures.BHP Steel (Ais) Pty. Ltd. - Port Kembla Carpenters Award  NSWIRComm 35 (21 March 1997)
A creation of a new award, the making of which partially relied on the condition of a certain level of safety when carrying out metal working tasks.Kane Constructions Pty Ltd v Sopov  VSC 237 (30 June 2005)
A case concerning a dispute between a company and a building company, concerning the length of time works were taking to be completed, including some dispute over the quality of metal works on the site.Related Blog Articles
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