It takes years of training to become a plumber, and with good reason. You’re working with pipes filled with water (often hot water), gas and electric, and you’re exposed to numerous hazards. We look at a few of the dangers of being a plumber, and what you can do if you’re injured at work and somebody else is to blame.
Burns, eye injuries and hearing loss
- Eye injuries. Unfortunately eye injuries are not uncommon for plumbers. Protective eyewear should always be worn as chemicals, bursting pipes, sparks and flying particles could all damage your eyes; in some cases causing permanent damage.
- Hearing loss. Plumbing can be noisy work, and you may need to wear ear protectors or plugs due to banging tools, noisy pipes or loud machinery.
- Injuries caused by hand tools. Although using hand tools is less common for most jobs, you could still be injured by faulty tools – for example if the end flies off your hammer, or you could develop repetitive strain injury in your wrists and hands.
- Respiratory conditions caused by mould exposure. Found in most places plumbers work, including under sinks and in bathrooms, exposure to mould can leave you suffering from itchy eyes, coughing, sneezing and even breathing difficulties.
- Burns or injuries from a gas explosion or fire caused by electricity. When working with gas or electrical appliances, make sure power and gas are turned off before you start work. Protective gloves and other equipment should be worn at all times.
Have you been affected by the dangers of being a plumber?
If you’re a self-employed plumber, you take responsibility for your own safety, generally speaking. However it may be that you’re finishing work started by another plumber, and if they have been negligent, you could be injured. Or perhaps you’re an apprentice plumber who has been injured due to your employer’s lack of attention to health and safety – if they don’t provide you with protective eyewear, for example. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to see if you have a viable claim for personal injury compensation. We’re open 24/7 and it’s free to call for confidential, no-obligation advice.
If your family has been affected after your accident – both emotionally and financially, we can help you get the compensation you deserve for your loss of earnings. There’s a three-year time limit in place to make a claim, so get in touch with us today.
Category: Health and safety at work