Whether it’s a leaky tap or burst pipe, many of us have been rescued by plumbers during an emergency. The work is more diverse than people realize, which means there are a host of potential risks that plumbers face.
What are some of the more common hazards that plumbers face?
Slips and falls
Often, plumbers arrive to find a pool of water on the floor with the customer expecting them to find the source and fix it. While water has its uses, it is also potentially dangerous, especially on floor areas as it can make them slippery. Plumbers constantly face the risk of slipping or falling and this is one of the most common forms of work-related injuries in the field.
Water and electricity can be a dangerous combination. Virtually every home and commercial setting is powered by electricity, so plumbers need to be aware of this. Before carrying out repairs, it is usually beneficial to isolate the main power switch and cut off the electricity if possible. If this is not feasible, then a full risk assessment should be carried out before the job takes place.
Plumbers are commonly exposed to chemicals and other hazardous substances, that come with the territory of the job. Some of these materials may be more dangerous than others, but Personal Protective Equipment should always be utilized and the safety of an area fully assessed before work begins. Hazardous materials can cause numerous types of injuries, but it’s especially important to consider the impacts such things have on the eyes, skin and lungs when inhaled.
If a work-related injury has prevented you from doing the job you love, you may be able to claim compensation. Seeking some legal guidance on the matter will offer you a more in-depth perspective of your options.