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Metal Buildings for Safer Welding Shops

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December 15, 2017

Part 1: Why Building the Best Welding Shop Starts with Steel

Why do metal buildings make the best welding shops?  Because welding can cause fires and steel buildings are fire-resistant.

It’s true.  Welding presents grave fire risks.  Without proper safety precautions, welding and other “hot work” activities can turn deadly in a heartbeat.

What is a “Hot Work”?

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), “hot work” includes any undertaking that produces flames, sparks, or enough heat to ignite combustible materials or flammable vapors, initiating fires or explosions.  These metal production and repair processes include:

  • Welding
  • Brazing
  • Burning
  • Cutting
  • Drilling
  • Grinding
  • Melting
  • Sand blasting
  • Soldering
  • Tapping
  • Thawing Pipes

How Dangerous is Welding?

Welding generates torch flames, shooting sparks, and little droplets of melted metal called slag— all of which can spawn fires.  The extreme heat produced by welding can even ignite combustible materials that accidentally touch a white-hot piece of just-welded metal.

Welding sparks will shoot horizontally as far as 35 feet, while maintaining temperatures of 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit— or more.  From an elevated position, vertical welding sparks fall as far as 100 feet.

Additionally, a tiny drop of slag lodging in a crack or opening can smolder undetected for hours, before violently bursting into flames.

The numbers are shocking.  Each year in the U.S. welding and hot work causes, on average:

  • $287 million in property damage
  • 4,400 structural fires
  • 12 civilian deaths and over 200 injuries
  • 5 firefighter fatalities

Most welding and hot work fires occur when combustible materials like clothing, rags, wood, sawdust, insulation, debris—or the structure itself —ignites.

Fire-Resistant RHINO Metal Buildings

Professional welders, metal artists, and hobbyist welders alike depend on non-combustible metal buildings to minimize fire risks for their welding shops.  Steel metal shop construction creates a stronger, safer environment for welding workers.

Rigid, commercial-grade, prefabricated RHINO metal buildings are the perfect welding shops for every level of metal fabrication.  Whether you require a personal home shop, a commercial welding shop, or a huge metal fabrication plant, you can depend RHINO for the best building at the best price.

Test our metal!  Call RHINO today at 940.383.9566 for info on our metal shop construction options.

Don’t miss part two in this welding shop series!

- by Bruce Brown,
Steel Building Systems, Inc

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