When it comes to manufacturing and casting metals, there’s nothing quite like the sound of a furnace firing up. The intense heat and flames are responsible for shaping metal into whatever shape you desire, from small objects like screws and bolts to more complex shapes like car parts and appliances.
But while furnaces provide many benefits to the manufacturing process, they can also be dangerous. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the most common furnace injuries, as well as how to prevent them.
Injuries Associated with Calcining Kilns (Furnaces) – Injuries are common when working with calcining kilns. The most common injuries are from burns, but there can also be serious injuries from explosions and falling objects.
When choosing a calcining kiln, it is important to choose the correct type for the intended use. There are three main types of calcining kilns: open-hearth, reverberatory, and flash-fired. Each has its own specific safety measures that must be followed in order to prevent injury.
The most common injuries caused by industrial calcining kilns (Furnaces) are burns. They can occur when the metal gets too hot and starts to glow. This is called auto-ignition. The high heat and sparks cause the person to burn their skin.
Another common injury is lung injury caused by the inhalation of toxic fumes from the calcining kiln burning various substances.
When the furnace produces extremely high temperatures, it can cause the metal to explode out of the furnace like a firework. This metal “firebomb” can travel fast and cause serious damage to people nearby. There have also been reports of people being burned when they touch the hot metal after it has exploded out of the furnace which can cause very severe burns. Other reported injuries occur from burns, asphyxiation, falls and electric shocks.
An example of a serious injury that occurred at a calcining furnace involved a worker catching fire. The victim was severely burned over 75% of their body and required extensive surgery.
Calcining furnaces should be properly designed and operated to prevent these types of injuries from occurring. If you are ever injured at work, make sure to speak with an attorney to learn your rights and options.