Plumbers Accident Injury Attorneys, hARTFORD, cONNECTICUT
Plumbers are at risk of sustaining on-the-job injuries whether installing pipes in a newly constructed home or fixing water or sewerage systems in large commercial buildings. Water systems and piping course through almost every type of building which makes plumbers an essential part of the construction and maintenance phase of any building or home. Any trade or profession involved in the construction industry faces a higher risk of work injury than workers not involved with construction.
Common Accidents involving Plumbers
Plumbers are at risk of being involved in a variety of accidents. Most plumbing injuries and accidents involve the following:
- Bending and twisting: Plumbers are frequently asked to repair pipes in hard-to-access areas, which can lead to back injuries involving herniated discs and sprains, among other types of injuries. Over 7,000 plumbers sustained injuries over a 15 year period from bending and twisting.
- Falling objects: Particularly on construction sites, plumbers can be struck by falling objects, which can lead to crushing injuries as well as head injuries. Over 6,000 plumbers sustained injuries from falling objects over a 15 year period.
- Falls: Workers who work on construction sites and other elevated areas are at risk of falls, which can result in traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, broken bones, and spinal cord damage.
- Heavy lifting: Plumbers usually have to lift or carrying heavy objects like sinks or pipes and other pieces of equipment and tools, which can lead to back injuries and muscle strains.
- Welding and soldering: Welding injuries are common. It is critical that workers use adequate gear while welding and soldering because failure to do so can result in burns and eye injuries.
- Electrical Injuries: most of the time new construction will have exposed electrical wiring throughout the job site. This came expose workers to electric shock and electrocution injuries.
Safety Tips for Plumbers
There are some important safety precautions that general contractors and plumbers can take to avoid work injuries related to the plumbing and pipe-fitting trade:
- Periodically testing the air to check for the presence of poisonous gases
- Make sure that someone can easily be reached in case of an emergency
- Prepare for the job by making sure that you have the proper equipment
- Protect your ears on loud job sites
- Wear slip-resistant footwear to reduce the risk of falls
- Wear long sleeves to protect against burns and cuts
- Wear safety goggles to help prevent eye injuries
Speak with an Experienced Connecticut Plumber Accident Attorney
Workers who are employed in the plumbing industry are at risk of numerous on-the-job accidents, which can lead to life-changing injuries, medical expenses, lost wages and reduced earning capacity. If you are a worker who was injured on the job, speak with an experienced accident attorney who can advise you of your legal rights and determine the available options in pursuing adequate compensation. Contact our law firm today to schedule an initial free case evaluation.