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.

1. Working at High Heights

The most common cause of workplace accidents is working at higher heights. Safely working above ground requires attachment points, certified harnesses, good weather conditions, and regular inspections.

Fixed scaffolding, a cherry picker or certified mobile scaffolding can also help to support a plumber working at a higher location. Using a ladder can be mistake as this is intended for short-duration work only. Furthermore, anyone at a high height can slip and fall or be struck by a falling object above them. Slip and fall accidents are a leading cause of workplace injuries.

Even when safety tools and tips are used, falls can still happen. Even being just a few feet off the ground is an accident risk.

2. Confined Spaces

Unfortunately, fatal injuries may happen to plumbers who are working in confined spaces. Closed spaces that are not intended for safe oxygen levels, such as boilers, storage tanks, sewers, pipes, ducts and pits can all present unique challenges in terms of breathing. Serious medical conditions may result for a plumber who is exposed to these problems.

3. Repetitive Movement

Repetitive motion injuries are those that affect a worker who is doing the same thing on a regular basis. These injuries develop over time and can be notoriously difficult to identify. They are often overlooked among laborers, including plumbers. Some of the most common types of repetitive stress injury include:

  • Soft tissue damage to the shoulders, neck and wrists
  • Back injuries affecting ligaments, muscles and disks
  • Muscle strains and sprains

4. Eye Injuries

Many injuries affecting a plumber’s eyesight can be completely avoided as they are preventable. Exposure to bacteria and foreign objects are some of the eye hazards affecting plumbers. Wearing safety glasses at all times can minimize the risk of exposure and preventable damage.

5. Asbestos

Unfortunately, around the world more than a 125 million people are exposed to asbestos in their workplace. It is the No. 1 cause of respiratory death. Plumbers are often exposed to asbestos more than others because they are working in places with an unknown history.

If you believe that you may be exposed to asbestos, you need to ask the property owners whether or not the building has used asbestos in the past. This is the best way to avoid inhaling these dangerous fibers that can eventually cause mesothelioma.

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.

1. Working at High Heights

The most common cause of workplace accidents is working at higher heights. Safely working above ground requires attachment points, certified harnesses, good weather conditions, and regular inspections.

Fixed scaffolding, a cherry picker or certified mobile scaffolding can also help to support a plumber working at a higher location. Using a ladder can be mistake as this is intended for short-duration work only. Furthermore, anyone at a high height can slip and fall or be struck by a falling object above them. Slip and fall accidents are a leading cause of workplace injuries.

Even when safety tools and tips are used, falls can still happen. Even being just a few feet off the ground is an accident risk.Subscribe: If you don’t want to bring your iPad into the bathroom, we can send you a magazine subscription for free!

2. Confined Spaces

Unfortunately, fatal injuries may happen to plumbers who are working in confined spaces. Closed spaces that are not intended for safe oxygen levels, such as boilers, storage tanks, sewers, pipes, ducts and pits can all present unique challenges in terms of breathing. Serious medical conditions may result for a plumber who is exposed to these problems.

3. Repetitive Movement

Repetitive motion injuries are those that affect a worker who is doing the same thing on a regular basis. These injuries develop over time and can be notoriously difficult to identify. They are often overlooked among laborers, including plumbers. Some of the most common types of repetitive stress injury include:

  • Soft tissue damage to the shoulders, neck and wrists
  • Back injuries affecting ligaments, muscles and disks
  • Muscle strains and sprains

The building site in which you are working should be laid out in a way that minimizes having to pull, push, or carry loads and equipment. Repetitive work should be avoided for long periods of time to minimize the chances of a repetitive stress injury.Related: The Dangers Of Confined Spaces

4. Eye Injuries

Many injuries affecting a plumber’s eyesight can be completely avoided as they are preventable. Exposure to bacteria and foreign objects are some of the eye hazards affecting plumbers. Wearing safety glasses at all times can minimize the risk of exposure and preventable damage.

5. Asbestos

Unfortunately, around the world more than a 125 million people are exposed to asbestos in their workplace. It is the No. 1 cause of respiratory death. Plumbers are often exposed to asbestos more than others because they are working in places with an unknown history.

If you believe that you may be exposed to asbestos, you need to ask the property owners whether or not the building has used asbestos in the past. This is the best way to avoid inhaling these dangerous fibers that can eventually cause mesothelioma.