Why Waterjet Cutting Safety is Important

Compared to other cutting technologies, waterjet cutting is safe. But still, it comes with some hazards and safety practices. To ensure that you can make the most out of your waterjet while ensuring safety, below are some tips that you have to bear in mind.

A stream of water cuts a rib for a C-130. U. S. Air Force photo by Sue Sapp

Eyes, Ears, and Fingers

Waterjet cutting does not pose the same set of problems as that with forming and welding. In spite of being safe, you should still be very careful when working with such equipment. Generally, it is difficult to get the fingers under the waterjet stream, but you need to take extra caution so you won’t cut yourself on the slats used for holding the materials during the cutting process. The slats do not usually get cleaned and they can create the best environment for harmful bacteria to grow. Given this, do yourself a little favor and practice safety by wearing some protective gloves when loading or removing a new piece onto the equipment.


Protective Gears

When cutting using a waterjet machine, you should never fail to wear head wear and protective goggles, if you are used to the sound that the cutter makes, you may not realize how loud it can actually be. Yes, believe it or not, the machine does it work at a speed that is faster than sound and this can lead to damaging your eardrums if you will not take the right safety precautions.



Another important thing is to familiarize yourself with motion controls. The machine runs at a full speed and it can cover as much as 100 inches of ground per minute. Also, you need to keep your hands away from the waterjet machine when it is operating. In case things are not cutting the way that it is expected of, it is alright to stop and re-inspect things. It would also be better to get something done at a slower pace than be hurt and fail to finish the job.


Other Things to Remember

If you are ready to work with the cutter, be sure that the environment can support what you are doing. Is the machine that you will be using labeled with all the necessary instructions and safety precautions? If not, then you should step away. Are you making sure that you follow all the protocols and procedures? If it has been quite a while since you have reviewed them, now is the best time to do so.

The cutting job can be very fun to do, just make sure that you are careful with it. Moreover, always do your homework before you use a new machine and do not fait to follow all the safety precautions all the time so better make the most out of it.

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