As with most physical professions, even when you take all the necessary precautions, there are still hazards involved with performing the job. One of the best ways to minimize your chances at being injured is by being informed about the potential dangers and taking your time to plan your process before diving into a project. Listed below are some of the most common hazards plumbers deal with:
Heights: In some homes and businesses, it will be necessary to reach high places in order to fix or install plumbing. Whenever a plumber has to do this, they may have to use a ladder in order to perform the task at hand. It is important to ensure that you are always placing the ladder in a safe and steady position, that there are no potential disturbances to the ladder- this can include a household pet running underneath you, high winds, and more. Even when all precautions are taken, falls still happen and sometimes even falls from only a few feet above the ground can cause lasting injuries.
Small Spaces: In order to perform some plumbing repairs and installations, plumbers will be required to get into small confined spaces. These spaces, such as in boilers, storage tanks, sewers, pupes, ducts, and more can all come with their own set of potential problems. Temperatures can rise, oxygen levels can be decreased, and more. It is important to always be sure you are working in a space with safe oxygen levels to maintain your breathing.
Repetitive Motion: Just like when an athlete gets an injury from continuous and repetitive motion, a plumber can also experience this problem from performing the same motions over time. Soft tissue injuries can occur in shoulders, neck, wrists, and more, while you may also experience muscle and disk injuries or sprains in other parts of your body. Make sure you are taking care of your body, stretching, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle to minimize the potential for injury.
Eye Injuries: Many plumbers are exposed to bacteria and foreign objects on the job. Additionally, if you are welding you will be exposed to vision impairing flame that requires eye safety glasses to minimize the risk of exposure. Wearing protective glasses is one of the many ways a plumber can help to protect themselves from injury.
Exposure to Asbestos: The most common reason for respiratory death is exposure to asbestos. Plumbers are often at higher risk of exposure because they work in many different environments and are unsure of the history for the property they are working inside of. Talk to property owners to understand the history of the building you are working in to help prevent exposure to dangerous fibers that may lead to mesothelioma.
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Red Lion Plumbing
14631 Timbergreen Dr
Magnolia, TX 77355
Tel: (281) 259-8117