Working as a glazier may not seem like a dangerous job compared to being employed in construction or agriculture, but some of the dangers of being a glazier could make it more likely that you’ll be injured at work than somebody who works in an office. Here are some of the main dangers of being a glazier.
Lacerations, facial and eye injuries
- Lacerations. You’re working with glass on a daily basis, so if you or your co-workers are not careful, you could suffer serious lacerations if a whole pane of glass shatters – for example, whilst you’re carrying it. Serious lacerations may require hospitalisation.
- Loss of limbs. You may suffer such serious lacerations that you have to have fingers, toes or limbs amputated. Of course proper training and experience as a glazier reduces your risk of this type of accident, which is why it is important your employer provides you with this.
- Eye injuries. Broken glass can cause eye injuries, particularly if you are carrying sheets of glass when it shatters or if glass is dropped from height. In some cases, eye injuries could lead to permanent loss of vision.
- Injuries caused by objects falling from height. Panes of glass or tools falling from height can cause serious injuries or even fatalities. Common injuries are crush injuries, broken bones, back, neck and head injuries.
- Falling from height. You could fall through an open window when working as a glazier and be seriously injured or even killed. Falls from height are one of the most common causes of fatalities at work, and if you survive you could suffer crush injuries, spinal or head injuries – even permanent physical or mental disability.
What can you do about your negligent employer?
Glaziers who have been injured should ask themselves, “Has my employer been negligent?” If your employer could have done more to prevent your accident – for example provided you with training, or with protective equipment, such as a harness when working at height – then you could make a personal injury claim. Accident Advice Helpline has been helping people claim compensation since 2000 and we’re proud to be recommended by our patron, TV personality Dame Esther Rantzen.
The dangers of being a glazier shouldn’t be underestimated, and if you’ve been injured, you can call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 today to find out if you’re eligible to make a personal injury claim.
Category: Health and safety at work