posted on Jun, 5 2019 @ 12:41 PM
Hot work is considered any spark, so somebody with a grinder has to have a firewatch. This is commonly ignored in shipyards. If you are welding on a
bulkhead on a ship, you need two firewatches one for the side you are working on and also in the adjacent space. Every shipyard in country knows
this, Navy knows this and are even more strict than OSHA regulations regarding hot work permits. It is the companys responsibility to train their
employees, and the employees responsibility to follow. Navy needs to start holding these companys more accountable and demand more training.
I was firewatch for a guy that was tack welding and it got too smokey and we needed more ventilation. I signaled for him to stop, and the guy kept
going. We got better ventilation and things were fine, but near misses like that happen all the time.