What are the Policy Conditions in relation to Welding and Oxy-Acetylene?

We have listed them below and I think you will agree that they are all very sensible and the type of precautions you are already taking automatically while engaging in welding.

  • The immediate area in which the operation is to be carried out must be segregated to the greatest practicable extent by the use of screens made of metal and/or fire retardant material.
  • The whole of this segregated area must be adequately cleaned and freed from combustible material before operations commence.
  • If work is to be carried out overhead, the area beneath must be similarly cleaned and combustible material removed.
  • Combustible floors/substances in or surrounding this segregated area must be liberally covered with sand or protected by overlapping sheets of incombustible material.
  • Where the work is being carried out in any enclosed area an additional Employee of the Insured or an Employee of the occupier shall be present at all times to guard against the outbreak of fire.
  • No work should be carried out unless specifically authorised by the occupier - who should also be asked to approve the safety arrangements.
  • The following must be kept available for immediate use near the scene of operations:
    • Suitable fire extinguishers and/or
    • A hose connected up to the nearest hydrant with water turned on and controllable at the nozzle of the hose in readiness for immediate use and tested prior to the commencement of the work.
  • A thorough examination must be made in the vicinity of the work approximately one hour after the termination of each operation. In the event that it is not practicable for such examination to be carried out by the Insured’s own Employee - then appropriate arrangements must be made with the occupier.
  • Before burning off metal work, building into or projecting through walls or partitions, an examination should be made to confirm that the other end of the metal is not in a hazardous proximity to combustible material which may be ignited by the conduction of the heat.


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