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MCAA Releases Electric Arc Welding Safety Video


ROCKVILLE, Md. — The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) released Avoid the Path: Electric Arc Welding Safety, a new video that educates workers about the safe work practices that will help them prevent electric shock, burns, eye injuries, respiratory and other health problems and jobsite fires.

"Electric arc welding is so commonplace in the mechanical construction industry that it's easy for affected workers to forget about the hazards associated with the electric arc welding process," said Tom Skaggs, chairman of MCAA's Safety and Health Committee and vice president–safety for the Murphy Company.

The video illustrates the importance of keeping those hazards in mind. It features a recent electric shock incident involving a fitter who became part of the welding circuit when four separate issues came together to create "the perfect storm." The video identifies the four key issues that led to the event and presents the best safe work practices needed to prevent electric arc welding shock incidents. 

The Avoid the Path: Electric Arc Welding Safety training materials include the video, take-away pocket guide with key points from the training video, a documentation mechanism to assist contractors in documenting which workers have received the training and a 20-question multiple-choice test to assist in verifying that workers understand the materials.

The video is available on the MCAA Video App, which can be found in Apple's App Store and the Android Play Store by searching for "MCAA Video."

For additional information, visit www.mcaa.org.