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  • Synchroman
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    Originally posted by tacmig View Post
    I saw a thread here a while ago asking the question "is it alright to sit on the job"? Well I guess it would depend on what you are doing while sitting but if the question is while welding my answer is he!! yes. I specialize in gates, railing, guard and grab rails and like hundreds of other occupations I find that being comfy only adds to the quality of my work. I have build a custom table and rolling stool to maneuver around my work. Let's face it, when you have to bend over, stand up, brace yourself against whatever to get the quality you want in your project the only real quality is the pain in your back, neck, arms or whatever appendage wants to jump in and have a go at your nerves. I have seen poor bas^&*$! welding on the floor and playing some far out version of twister to angle in on their weld. The only thing I could think of while observing these contortionist in precarious positions is that they are in the wrong Field and should probably take up dirty movies, In any event I find that I can work longer and spare my back and I don't have any problem spending a little x-tra time in a place I don't have to strain for.

    Have a seat, pull up a chair, take a load off and enjoy your work.
    I certainly agree. I used to be a safety inspector for an insurance company.I visited many welding fabrication shops that were insured by the company for which I worked. I don't recall ever seeing too many welders standing up while welding, especially in fabrication bays.

    The company should look at the quantity and quality of the work, not whether the welder was sitting or standing while working. Also, standing while working all day is certain to give rise to additional workers compensation claims due to injured backs.

    If the process requires standing, then stand. Otherwise, it makes more sense to sit and be able to steady yourself. For hobby welders such as myself, I don't think I'll be standing very much.

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  • tacmig
    started a topic Sitting down on the job..Darn straight!

    Sitting down on the job..Darn straight!

    I saw a thread here a while ago asking the question "is it alright to sit on the job"? Well I guess it would depend on what you are doing while sitting but if the question is while welding my answer is he!! yes. I specialize in gates, railing, guard and grab rails and like hundreds of other occupations I find that being comfy only adds to the quality of my work. I have build a custom table and rolling stool to maneuver around my work. Let's face it, when you have to bend over, stand up, brace yourself against whatever to get the quality you want in your project the only real quality is the pain in your back, neck, arms or whatever appendage wants to jump in and have a go at your nerves. I have seen poor bas^&*$! welding on the floor and playing some far out version of twister to angle in on their weld. The only thing I could think of while observing these contortionist in precarious positions is that they are in the wrong Field and should probably take up dirty movies, In any event I find that I can work longer and spare my back and I don't have any problem spending a little x-tra time in a place I don't have to strain for.

    Have a seat, pull up a chair, take a load off and enjoy your work.
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