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Thread: Flash Burn?

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    Default Flash Burn?

    I got this really weird feeling in the bottom corner of my eye it felt kind of like I had spices in my eye I tried to rub it out but it only burned a bit more. I didn't do any welding that day other then tack welding on a project we had to finish. I just closed my eyes when i tacked it because everyone said we need this done. But would you say that was a minor welders flash or just form the chips I ate and itched my eye with? I also had it two other times the exact same feeling and I didn't eat chips. Should I worry about them after they go away or should I be ok?

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    Default Burned eyes

    I've had it one time in my life and believe me you don't want it. You can burn your eyes indirectly. I was helping a welder by holding while he welded. I didn't close my eyes, but looked away at the walls and ceiling. That night my eyes were on fire, just like I had been cutting onions and had someone throw a handful of sand in my eyes. It took a good 24 hours to settle down.
    The best thing I can tell you from experience is, you're only issued two eyes...do with them what you will. There's never a job that's so important and in such a big hurry you can't use your safety gear. If you get hurt, the job STOPS, sometimes for days. Foremen tend to get their G-strings in a wad when things are running behind but you can bet your *** they'll not put on a helmet and help you. If they rush you and you make a mistake, it slows the job down. Redo's and call backs cost time and money.
    If you can use a helmet because of space limitations, consider wearing dark sunglasses and closing your eyes while the other guys welds. You can also have special glasses made where one lense is a dark welding lense you can look through to weld, while you close the lighter eye you used for set-up and placement.
    Bottom line is don't scimp on safety. I make my living as a nurse in an emergency room and I tell you what I tell you from experience. Industrial accidents are largely caused by removal of safety guards, getting in a hurry and having someone ride your back. It's your body...retire with it intact.

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    Cool

    Hey young welder get use to pontocaine

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    Cold tea bags can be used to help relieve pain if nothing else is available.
    There should be a cream or drops on sale at chemists for this problem.
    Have been told a quick direct look at the sun, on receiving a flash will
    prevent flash burn,I have done this many times and have had no problems.
    Looking at the reflection of welding of a bright surface,like corrugated
    iron can result in a bad flash burn.

    R W

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    Ya I dont think I will be tacking with out good protection. If I need to i can just shut my eyes a bit tighter :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by youngwelder_154 View Post
    Ya I dont think I will be tacking with out good protection. If I need to i can just shut my eyes a bit tighter :P
    You don't need to shut your eyes tighter - you need to wear your helmet. Don't get caught up in some kind of macho nonsense about not using safety equipment. "Macho" don't help you carry a white cane!
    Tom Veatch
    Wichita, KS

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomVeatch View Post
    You don't need to shut your eyes tighter - you need to wear your helmet. Don't get caught up in some kind of macho nonsense about not using safety equipment. "Macho" don't help you carry a white cane!
    This is the only post in this thread that makes any sense.

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    Calweld and Tom you both make sense in my opinion I learned short buts arnt worth it and knowlege is usless unless you use ti to your advantage and safty. Same with smoking drugs drinking etc we all know tis bad for us but no body gives a **** about how it effcts us and our family and friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by youngwelder_154 View Post
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    we all know tis bad for us but no body gives a **** about how it effcts us and our family and friends.
    Just remember, that guy over there making wisecracks and/or "sissy comments" when you make the effort and take the time to do it safely is NOT your friend. He doesn't have to live with the consequences.

    To All: That comment is a generalization and isn't aimed at any specific person or contributor to this or any other thread.
    Tom Veatch
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    Very true, I guess this is off topic but I dont think I have had very many good friend ether they have made fun of me or jsut said stuff behind my back, I dont think I have ever had a group of friends. Only one or two people I can ksaya bout is really a friend to me or wella close friend.

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