Industries that depend on manual work often face health and safety risks. Welders, particularly, are at high risk due to the nature of their work. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) acknowledges the inherent hazards in welding activities—like exposure to heat and harmful fumes—and provides mitigation guidelines for manufacturers. In addition to the risks outlined by OSHA, welders also face cramped conditions that pose ergonomic challenges.
Risk mitigation has proven a driving force in the advancement of new welding technologies. By employing automated and remote welding technologies instead of manual welding, manufacturers have reduced the human health hazards associated with the welding process.