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    Chances are your wife has lost a little in the translation because unless she is a welder she has the terminology a bit off. Probably means flashes not sparks...as in welding flash burn.
    Why don't you just ask him for yourself.
    If you are already a weldor, good enuff to get hired by Cat then you prolly already know enuff to stop from having any sort of serious problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FM117 View Post
    Ask him if he's ever heard of these things called safety glasses!
    Jeeze, this is about the dumbest thing I've seen in a while....sounds
    like a troll.
    Dave P.
    Stick around then, you'll see a lot worse. Safety glasses help but are not a cure all.

    I had a piece of metal get in my eye wearing prescription safety glasses and my hood, all because of a blast of compressed air next to me.
    My Ophthalmologist said I was the worst eye case she had, luckily she saved my eye.
    Ken

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    Migman,
    I should have phrased my comments better, wasn't a slam at
    you. As somebody else also pointed out, somebody working
    as a welder in a US facility for a big company, should already
    have enough sense ( and if not, the work rules ) to protect
    themselves. Maybe it was one of those freak things that
    happened to Ken that also posted in this thread,things
    can happen.
    If you are asking about your own safety, I really like the
    tight fitting ( wrap around style ) safety glasses. I kinda need
    perscription glasses to see really well up close, but even
    with side shields they don't fit tight enough around my eyes
    to keep everything out. If I'm using mig or stick I put a 1.5
    correction in the helmet and wear safety glasses. Over the
    years I've had a few burned/melted spots appear on them.
    Doing small bench work with the tig I just wear the regular
    perscription glasses. Usually the danger is greater when
    cutting, grinding, or drilling, than the actual weld portion
    of the job.
    It's no fun getting junk dug out of your eyes.....been there
    done that.
    Sorry for earlier hasty post.
    Dave P.

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    Exclamation eye safety

    I have had times where sparks or spatter did enter my hood and bounce off of my safety glasses. the item below is on the airgas website and worked great for me when I needed just a bit more protection than the safety glasses. Alot of "safety" department people are only concerned about the company liability and may not agree that you need them. For a top notch company like CAT I dont think they would have a problem with them. Paying for them is just a couple of bucks if you have to, but make sure they are approved before you buy them. Being in a big company like that the sales guys will often bring samples to test. They do that alot because it can open up new sales for them. Whatever you do protect your eyes, in a pinch you can learn to weld with your other hand but try it without your eyes.

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    now those were the kinda answers i was looking for.

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    I used to get blasted in the face a lot while arc gouging. If you're not careful, its likely to com back at you, bounce off a wall (or whatever) behind you, then enter through the back of your helmet. What most guys to do prevent this is take a piece of leather or green welding coat and tape it on top of your helmet so it covers the back / side of your head down to your neck. A lot of guys also hang the same thing off the front of their hood to prevent their neck fromk getting burnt.

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    Default sparks in hood

    i use a special hood for confined spaces when i need to get my head in tight spaces, its just a leather bag with the flip shield sewn onto it, and it doesnt allow anything in, youll always get a small chance of some spark or flash or stray metal into your shield (ive had safety glasses on under my shield and been hit in the back of the head by some idiot grinding and he hit me in the center of the back of the head and the sparks ran around my head into the shield and bounced off the nose piece of my safety glasses right into both of my eyes.Irony waas the doctors at the hospital cleaning my eyes out are telling me i should be wearing safety glasses whick i was under my welding lid, unfortunately nothing is 100% foolproof

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    well thats ironic huh i can see where theres more danger of someone behind you causing a injury than the work in front of you

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    I just read your profile and it says you're 24.

    That explains alot...........

    Dude,
    I don't want to discourage you, or tell ya something you might repeat at the wrong time,
    --- and probably get yourself in a lot of trouble with the little Mrs.,,,,,
    Granted,, you're wise to be concerned about taking proper safety precautions,
    however---

    If you're 24, and your wife is fairly close to that age:
    I just have to tell ya---
    If you listen to women that young, and dwell on all thier worries & concerns--
    that they get from watching Oprah, and Judge Judy---

    Buddy, they'll have you so paraniod about all the dangers of walking off a curb in city traffic-
    much less going to work,
    you'll feel compelled to go hide under the bed for the rest of your life,,,,,,
    just to make them shut up for a few minutes, and ease thier fears about your safety.

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    Quote Originally Posted by man of steel View Post
    Irony waas the doctors at the hospital cleaning my eyes out are telling me i should be wearing safety glasses whick i was under my welding lid, unfortunately nothing is 100% foolproof

    Dont you just love it, both times I went, one for a burn on my thumb area, you should have been wearing gloves, then my eye injury, you should be wearing safety glasses. Next time Im going to tell the Dr to go watch a welder and see how sparks and slag fly and land in the most unpredictable places no matter how much safety equipment you wear.
    Ken

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