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Old 03-02-2010, 04:02 PM
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Has anyone ever experienced heavy metal poisoning?

As I get older and are more thoughtful about my health, I think about how much burning galvanized smoke I have ingested. I have experienced metal fume fever to the point that I was as sick, very sick in some cases.

I am now wondering about the long term effects of what I am ingesting and or absorbing from working with and burning galvanized steel. I have been reading about Celation Therapy. It is a process that involves taking medicine that will attach itself to the metal in your body and remove it as waste.

The dangers I have read about say that it also removes all the trace metals from you body on a cellular level that you need to live. It has been suggested that one would need to be hospitalized in order to get the treatments.

Just wondering if anyone has had any experience with this.

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Old 03-02-2010, 04:42 PM
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I haven't worried about that, but I do worry about the earlry years of my being in the trade and the gravity furnaces, boilers and pipes we cut out not really understanding the grave effects of the work being done - lung desease...asbestos exposure and mesothelioma

Now we try to keep safe, hopefully not too late. Hope all works out for you.

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Old 03-02-2010, 05:57 PM
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Yes, for the past 5 years I have used different safety equipment for breathing. I was just wondering if anyone has had any issues with it. I was wondering if it was accumulative, ingesting metal in the form of vapor from welding galvanized steel.

This thread is more about prevention and awareness. I hope others respond so we can learn more on how to protect ourselfves.

I am healthy and it great spirits.
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Old 03-02-2010, 06:38 PM
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Oh boy.
You could call this the 'prevention and awareness' thread, or you could call it the 'if only I knew then what I know now' thread.
I'm sure there are many members here that would like to turn the clock back.
Noxious fumes, heavy lifting, etc.
This is the best thread idea I've seen yet.
A warning to younger tradespeople.
I learned the hard way that I'm not invincible.
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Old 03-02-2010, 10:14 PM
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Dad,

I watched and listened to my "Dad" for years and I bet it will add many more quality years to my life because I listened. I hope that many other join in on this topic so we can all learn together.
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The most important thing, I think, and the hardest to get across, is the necessity to think an operation through before doing it. It's good to be a self-starter type but not always good or smart to just jump on a job; I have some permanent hand damage from having to participate in vertical lifting that should have been done differently. Listen to the older guys and stay focused. I have a peeve in a related area: I've been in situations where safety regs are so restrictive that they compromise your ability to work and can even contribute to getting you hurt.
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Old 03-03-2010, 05:45 PM
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The most important thing, I think, and the hardest to get across, is the necessity to think an operation through before doing it. It's good to be a self-starter type but not always good or smart to just jump on a job; I have some permanent hand damage from having to participate in vertical lifting that should have been done differently. Listen to the older guys and stay focused. I have a peeve in a related area: I've been in situations where safety regs are so restrictive that they compromise your ability to work and can even contribute to getting you hurt.
Sounds like the Dirty Jobs episode "Safety Third". Its a bit of a play on words, but it talks about how if you truley put safety before everything else, it would become impossible to do any work at all. I try to have my guys think things through first, and we have implemented "lunchbox talks". The purpose of these talks is for the job foreman to discuss any potentially dangerous aspects of the job, and how to work safely, but still get things done. Once everyone realized that it was OK to call time out if they were unsure, or felt unsafe, our workerscomp claims dropped quite a bit. We can then use the "lunchbox talks" form as a safety training topic, or use it to teach the newbies how to do things they don't already know. That's my 2 cents-
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I have often wondered this myself, however now with the burning of the galvanizing, but when soldering. I have worked at a small sheet metal shop for the last 13 years, over the years I have noticed that my nasal passages have become hyper-sensitive to the slightest irritants. I know as soon as I get the slightest whiff of the muriatic acid, my nose runs like a river. I have noticed also a serious reduction in my ability to smell. I wonder what the long term effects our, and if others have experienced this problem. I also wonder about the possibility of heavy metal poisoning due to the fact that we use 50/50 solder, and sometimes solder lead flashings for our customers. Let me know if any of you have had similar problems.
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Wink soldering

I've been soldering for a long time. Any flux should not be inhaled. A little exhaust fan can be set up so it doesn't cool off or interfear with your project. I work with 50/50 solder and when I was younger, I can remember my hands at the end of the day. They would have a grey stain acrossed them. Any of you up and comers: Please take the time and get use to wearing gloves and other protective gear. I didn't know it then but do now, we absorb shizz through our skin. Happy Trails dupree
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Ever since I started working in the trades I noticed that people reckless. I cannot believe the amount of people that do not wear their P.P.E. Usually the older trades people made fun of me for wearing hearing protection/goggles/glove/whatever and then they would complain about how their joints hurt or how they are hard of hearing. If I got a little cut on my hand I would stop what I was doing and bandage it up because working with metal and different coatings/chemicals is dangerous.
Probably one of my biggest pet peeves is when someone makes fun of me for covering all exposed skin when I weld. I would look silly and be hot than get skin/lung cancer.
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