July 27

Recognize The Risks: Glass Blowing

Glass blowing is a honed skill that takes years upon years of apprenticeship and practice to become a professional. It is the art of shaping glass at very high temperatures into something as simple as a glass to drink out of or as precise as finely detailed sculptures or scientific glassware.

Working with glass at molten temperatures brings inherent risks to the occupation beyond just dealing with the heat needed to shape the glass. The team at GlassPro, an insurance program designed for glass manufacturers, dealers, and installers, has been able to narrow down the risks that are responsible for the most claims.

These risks include:

Heat
This is the most obvious of the risks faced by glass blowers. The heat required to bring glass to the molten level where it can be worked with depends on the composition of the glass. Typically, the temperature ranges from 900° F to 3180° F. These are extremely high temperatures to be around and they can cause injury for employees, which leads into the next risk…

Burns
Just standing near the furnaces can cause minor burns on a glass blowers skin. Coming in contact with molten glass will easily cause third degree burns. It is very important that glass blowers wear the proper protection over their skin to lower their chance of burns and lacerations.

Respiratory Dangers
When recycled glass is being melted down to be reused there is no telling what kind of residue may be on the used glass. Burning down the glass with chemical residue on it vaporizes the chemicals and sends them into the air. Inhaling chemicals represents a very large risk for glass blowers as some fumes can be very toxic. It is important that the ventilation system is working to full capacity to minimize this risk as much as possible.

There are many other risks faced by those in the glass blowing class of business, but these three seem to be the cause of most on-the-job injuries and claims. Taking the proper precautionary measures while working with glass can help to reduce the possibility of an accident. However, even taking every precaution in the world can’t guarantee an accident won’t happen. In the event of an accident, it is helpful to have an insurance program in place that knows the industry inside and out; and is designed specifically for the glass industry.

For more information, visit GlassPro.

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