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Most burns suffered by welders and others in the welding environment are avoidable. They are often caused by carelessness or failure to take the necessary precautions.
Burns may occur to the skin or, potentially more seriously, to the eyes.
The source of the hazard may be:
- hot metal (a welded component or part of the welding equipment such as a MIG gun nozzle)
- arc rays
- liquid gases
Taking the necessary safety precautions is largely common sense, although accidents may happen from time to time.