A plumber is someone we depend on to install, repair, and maintain plumbing fixtures or systems in businesses, industries or residences. Day-to-day functions for a plumber involves hauling supplies, measuring and assembling materials with various tools, servicing the water supply, waste disposal, and heating systems, maintain various equipment, prepare and interpret blueprints, conform with building codes and other regulations, and prepare costs for clients.
Even with the best safety planning, there are a lot of hazards on a plumbing job site and accidents do happen. A key part of preventing accidents is simply being aware of the potential dangers. Here’s a look at some of the most-common hazards plumbers face.
- Exposure to Hazardous Substances, such as: lead, asbestos, mould, adhesives, dusts, etc.
- Burns from hot equipment parts, steam lines, and the release of hot water or steam
- Infections from Exposure to Biohazards, including raw sewage or rodent droppings
- Musculoskeletal Injuries from working in awkward positions, or performing awkward manual tasks
- Overexertion Injuries from lifting heavy objects
- Hearing Loss from exposure to loud noises
- Crushing Injuries from working in confined spaces
- Falls from ladders or platforms
- Eye Injury from flying particles
- Slip & Falls when working in wet environments
We rely on plumbers to keep our environments up to par. It’s important to realize the potential dangers this industry holds. For questions regarding an injury or illness obtained while working as a plumber in Georgia, contact