Manufacturing Safety

The metal fabrication and manufacturing industry is filled with unique safety risks and activities. It is critical for a metal fabricator to have a complete understanding of safety protocols and practices to protect the safety of both workers and customers. Just as important as understanding procedures and guidelines is having the experience to recognize problems before they happen.

Metal fabrication hazards

Tasks such as welding, metal cutting, working with lasers, heavy lifting, radiation or other harmful or raw material handling is high risk for any worker in the metal fabrication industry. According to the most recent available numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 56 fatal occupational injuries in fabricated metal product manufacturing in 2018.

Injuries that could be expected include: 

  • Cuts and abrasions
  • Eye injuries
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Burns
  • Material handling injuries
  • Exposure to COVID-19 or other illnesses

With better oversight and agencies such as OSHA looking out for workers’ health and safety, workplace safety has never been better. Still, there are still many things that metal fabrication shops need to

Manufacturing Safety is #1 at Maloya

At Maloya, the safety of our workers, contractors, visitors and customers is at the forefront of everything we do. Here are some of the ways we ensure we avoid preventable accidents and injuries.


Workers are trained in the proper use of tools, as well as how to handle toxic substances. Training is continual, as new technologies and methods are implemented and as refresher courses.

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

Workers are supplied with the proper PPE, which protects them from harm. These can include:

  • Respirators to protect from airborne chemicals, dust from harmful materials, gasses, fumes
  • Eye and face protection to guard against liquid chemicals, gasses, infectious materials, flying material
  • Protective gear for hands, feet and head

This is communicated  through our “PPE Hazard Assessment Form”.

Machine safety

Access is limited to areas where dangerous equipment is in use. Workers are fully trained in the use of these tools before having access to it. In addition, machines themselves are equipped with safety guards. Modifications or bypasses to safety features are not allowed. 

This is communicated  through our “Safety Manual”, “Laser Safety Plan” and “Lockout/Tagout Policy”.

Toxic substances

Safety procedures for handling hazardous materials and substances are clearly defined, taught and enforced. 

This is communicated  through our “Hazard Communication Policy” and MSDS (Material Safety and Data Sheets)

Electrical safety

Access is limited to areas where dangerous equipment is in use. Workers are fully trained in

Our equipment and the locations we work are inspected many times a day, keeping an eye out for hazards that could cause electrocution or exposure to low currents of electricity. Power cords hang from the ceiling and are not lying on the floor.  

This is communicated  through our “Safety Manual”.

Burns and fire

Precautions are taken to ensure that workers are not burned handling the chemicals and metals used in fabrication, and to ensure that fires do not start in the shop. 

This is communicated  through our “Emergency Action Plan”.


Safety measures are taken and enforced to prevent falls on slippery floors, getting entangled in cords or equipment, falls off ladders or scaffolding, or any other conditions.

This is communicated  through our “Safety Manual”.

Safe materials handling

Workers are taught how to properly handle the materials and chemicals they work with, using proper lifting techniques and avoiding repetitive injuries. 

This is communicated  through our “Safety Manual”

COVID 19 Safety

Safety isn’t limited to machines and chemicals. As an essential manufacturer, Maloya took immediate measures to provide safe fabrication and manufacturing facilities for our employees and visitors. As the world aims to rise above the pandemic, we continue to seek out ways to ensure safety while being available and transparent with our customers.

Maloya: Safety First

As custom metal fabricators since 1965, Maloya has seen old and new technologies and practices come and go over the years.  With each change, we have taken proactive steps to ensure that we address any safety concerns before they can happen. With Maloya, you can be sure that your custom metal project will be performed safely and with the expertise and high quality work that our customers have come to expect from us. Contact us today to get started on your project.