Arc furnaces are an integral part of the Steel industry, and as with any machinery, it’s important to prioritize safety in their use. In this article, we’ll explore the various hazards associated with Arc furnaces, as well as how to mitigate these risks through interlocks and other safety measures. We’ll also discuss the relevant machinery safety standards and provide some statistics on the number of injuries caused by Arc furnaces.

Common hazards of Arc furnaces


One of the main hazards of Arc furnaces is the risk of electric shock. These furnaces use high voltage electricity to create an arc, which can be hazardous to workers if proper precautions are not taken. Other hazards include the risk of burns from hot materials and machinery, as well as the risk of falls if proper protective equipment is not worn.

Interlocks and other safety measures


Interlocks can be an effective way to help comply with safety standards and mitigate the risks associated with Arc furnaces. These devices are designed to automatically shut off machinery when certain conditions are met, such as the presence of a person in a hazardous area. Other safety measures to consider include using protective equipment such as gloves, face shields, and hard hats, as well as implementing proper training and supervision for workers.

Statistics on injuries caused by Arc furnaces


According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2019 there were 23,090 workplace injuries and illnesses involving machinery in the manufacturing industry, which includes the Steel industry. While it’s difficult to pinpoint the specific number of injuries caused by Arc furnaces, it’s clear that machinery safety is an important issue in this industry.

If you're looking to improve the safety of your Arc furnace operation, consider reaching out to the application experts at Fortress Safety.

Our team has years of experience helping businesses comply with machinery safety standards and mitigate the risks associated with their specific applications.