Radiation burn through trousers.

  1. balmerchris

    balmerchris barnacle picker

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    I was mig welding post tops all day on Thursday. Got setup on a stool with post on tressels between my legs so I wasn't bending down all day. I was wearing army combat trousers so quite thick cotton cloth but my inner thighs are burnt up real bad and are now blistered. Has anyone else been burnt through clothes? I've been welding for almost 20 years and this is the first time I've been burnt through my clothes.
     
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  2. roofman

    roofman Purveyor of fine English buckets and mops

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  3. hotponyshoes Member

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    Yes!
    First time I used a pulse mig on alloy.
    I probably did 2hrs welding at the most,
    Had a base layer type top with long sleeves and a tee shirt so only the single layer over my arms.
    Arms had a decent dose of sunburn and a bit on the chest as well. Not anything like as bad as yours sounds though!
     
  4. stuvy

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    Yep many a time my forearms, neck or shins have been sunburnt

    Loads of water and after sun to help
     
  5. balmerchris

    balmerchris barnacle picker

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    It strangely seems to be getting worse. Was walking about like John Wayne all day.
    I tried aloe Vera this evening after a shower, it was very painful.
    Had a bit of a look on here about welding burns and someone had suggested sudo cream. Tried it and has eased the pain a lot.
     
  6. Hitch

    Hitch Moderator Staff Member

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    Sounds like you want an apron over your legs.

    For next time anyway.
     
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  7. stuvy

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    You have to watch the reflection too as we had 12 welders and if you were on the mag drill the back of your neck could get burnt

    Savlon is great for calming it down too but personally I use nivea for all my shaving, deodorant and moisturiser bits
     
  8. roofman

    roofman Purveyor of fine English buckets and mops

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    I know an old guy who made gates all his life who has throat cancer..he blames open necked shirts when welding, don't know how truthful it could be..
     
  9. minimutly Member

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    Did he smoke?
     
  10. roofman

    roofman Purveyor of fine English buckets and mops

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    no never...i don't really think it caused it myself as i know more welding getting done with bare skin than i know welders with cancers.
     
  11. hotponyshoes Member

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    I wear a lead apron fairly regularly for x-raying.
    I have got a "light-weight" and even that's pretty heavy. I wouldn't be wearing it for welding as I would be more likely to die from a heart attack casting it around. I would rather weld in jeans and die from it later.
    As for lead gloves, I don't think I could mig in them let alone tig!
     
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  12. zeppelin builder

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    i used to go on holiday to spain every year but now i just weld naked its a lot cheaper
    but i have to use my gasless welder on the highest setting so it tends to blow holes in th old fruit tins i use for pipe welding practice
     
  13. hotponyshoes Member

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    No chance of setting fire to clothing if you do it naked!

    If you are blowing holes in old fruit tins then try increasing your travel speed. Should be easy without sleeves slowing you down.

    For doing something like welding between your legs maybe a fire blanket or one of those aluminiumised warming blankets they give to runners after the race. Providing they don't burn?
     
  14. chris pruteanu Member

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    I think its the smoke he breathed all this time that gave him throat cancer...some its quite nasty !
     
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  15. RonA

    RonA specialist in repairing sealed for life equipment

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    Many years ago, my father & I learned to weld on short course at the local college of knowledge. One night the lecturer had us gas welding 1/4” thick plate. The gas nozzle was huge & the radiated heat from the weld enormous.
    I was courting at the time (my now wife) & I left early to meet my girlfriend, leaving my father to carry on.
    On return home later that night I was met by my very irate mother who berated me for leaving my father alone. My father was a joiner & had worn his bib & brace for protection. In my absence this had been set alight by the radiated heat & my father wearing his dark goggles hadn’t noticed. The lecturer doused him in water to put out the flames which by this time had caused minor burns on his chest. Never heard the last of it for weeks.
    RonA
     
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  16. Brad93

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    Probably the fumes he has inhaled.
     
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  18. pedrobedro

    pedrobedro Man at Matalan

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    If you got uv burns through your jeans or shirt you would have a permanent tan you just got hot and irritated.
     
  19. Seano

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    Going back many years I suffered a severe blonde / senior moment, I was working offshore West Africa welding up some wear through areas on the back gundeck, because it was so hot, wearing only shorts and rigger boots and not really realising what I was doing, stick welding for a coupe of hours in between my legs, spent the next two months offshore with blisters the size of large water balloons from Upper thigh to knee, trying to walk was so painful and work for twelve hour shifts, something that was never repeated.
     
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