Whether replacing broken windows at home or for someone else as a professional glazier, there is always a risk of personal injuries while performing this task.
Some of the most commonly reported injuries at work and at home while replacing broken window panes include injuries by broken glass under foot; cuts and lacerations to the hands or arms while removing often jagged pieces of glass from frames, and eye injuries. Glazing accidents involving injuries to the eye are typically sustained when more glass is broken while trying to remove larger pieces of a broken window pane. Unless the surrounding exterior area is cordoned off (especially if windows to be replaced are not at ground level) passers-by may also be injured by falling glass or equipment.
Broken panes on low, often large windows are often the result of slips, trips and falls. Sometimes people actually fall through windows. On other occasions, windows are broken as people try to break their fall by reaching out and subsequently pushing their hands through them. Either way, there may be blood on the broken fragments of glass. Should a glazier suffer a work injury by cutting or stabbing himself and come into contact with this blood, there is also a risk of contracting a blood-borne infection like hepatitis, for example. Bits of broken glass missed while clearing up or carelessly deposited in ordinary bins could also cause accidental injuries to other workers or family members.
To prevent accidents at work or at home while replacing broken glass panes, it is important to always:
- Wear thick, preferably long (to protect wrists and lower arm areas) gloves and safety goggles
- Exercise extreme caution
- Cordon off the surrounding interior and exterior area
- Use waterproof, clear tape or protective films to prevent larger fragments from shattering
- Thoroughly clear up all glass fragments, large and small
- Dispose of broken glass in special (blue) glass bins
Should a blue bin for glass not be available, fragments must be wrapped securely in thick layers of card, fabric or paper before disposal.
Accidents will happen
Even the most experienced glaziers occasionally have work related accidents. If this happened to you, or if you suffered an injury by falling glass or equipment, for example, you may be entitled to personal or work injury compensation. Ask an Accident Advice Helpline representative for advice and assignment of an in-house injury solicitor to help you claim successfully for industrial injury compensation.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice