Safety Tips for Steel Fabricators

Terrick Enterprises Ltd. is a steel fabrication shop located in Sherwood Park with a focus on metal

fabrication, pallet racking, and magnets with our primary product lines of pipe 

shoes, and pipe supports and saddles for the oil and gas industry.

As your steel fabricators in the Edmonton area, we’re focused on doing everything we 

can to ensure you, our customer, get the best product for their application including ensuring it’s

done in the safest manner possible.

There are many reasons for taking safety precautions with metal fabrication tools, especially if you don’t handle
them every day like Terrick Enterprises Ltd.’s professional steel fabricators, beginning with the fact that they can
be hard to manage if you are not proficient at using them. Even professionalstake the time to review 

operations of tools they haven’t used recently. The stakes are simply too high, as exemplified 

by these common metal fabrication injuries:
  • Improper
Material Handling: one of the main causes of injury in a
workshop, with many leading to musculoskeletal problems, and result due to
ignorance of proper lifting practices, avoiding established lifting protocols, and
overextending oneself by working long hours.
  • Hand Tools Usage:

The various reasons for injuries from hand tools includes improper tools for the project, 

poor maintenance of tools, excessive use of tools, and inappropriate design of work area such as

poor ventilation.
  • Poor Safety Barriers: 

Is a major reason for injuries, barriers are specially designed to avoid injuries. 

Not properly installed or used can result in a worker losing a finger, their hand, or worse.

To avoid injury, around metal fabrication or any heavy manufacturing equipment, 

always follow these steps, beginning with:

  • Proper Training: 

A detailed training session about the equipment, occupational hazards, and working 

conditions should be given along with proper safety protocols to prevent accidents. 

This is a very important step in any metal fabrication project.

  • Take Precautions:

Prepare your work area, and yourself before you start working.

Remove all trip hazards, avoid wearing loose clothes or jewelry, and always
wear protective gloves when handling sheet metal to help you maintain a strong
  • Protective Clothing and Equipment:

You must protect yourself from ALL possible injuries - wear hard hats, goggles, gloves,

and safety shoes at all times and ensure your back and neck are supported adequately when working

or handling any product. 
  • Inspecting Tools:

The various types of manual or hand operated tools should be checked for 

malfunctioning, and inspected to ensure that they are in good working 

condition before starting any project. 

  • Using Tools:

Hand tools or presses are equipped with guards and other safety features for 

your security by the manufacturer. Ensure that you are well versed with these 

features and utilize them regularly.

  • Handling Products:

From raw materials, and tools, to finished products make sure you utilize the right 

material handling equipment to transport big or heavy products.

Make sure that you adopt these rules in order to maintain safety in your workplace too. It was only about 150
years ago, around the same time as Canada became a county that Henry Bessemer made steel a viable

alternative to iron. Before then, steel was expensive and used mostly for small items such as weapons and 

tools. By 1870, steel caught on as a popular material for structures, transportation, and other


Today, steel remains one of the most popular and affordable metals for a host of manufacturing
projects. If your business needs steel fabrication, pallet racking and shelving, commercial and industrial

magnets, contact Terrick Enterprises Ltd. at 780-417-3553 or toll free at 1-877-469-9707 today.

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