Plumbing is a vital service and can be quite a lucrative career path. However, the job is not without hazards. Any job that requires physical labor and/or working with dangerous substances and chemicals will come with associated risks.
Here is an incomplete list of the most common hazards California plumbers face:
- Falling (due to occasionally working at high heights)
- Asbestos exposure from working within the walls of various structures.
- Extreme temperature injuries from working with hot and frigid water
- Hand tool injuries
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Back and neck injuries caused by working in confined space
- Hantavirus from rodent droppings (rodents often dwell within walls or in basements)
- Exposure to toxic substances like lead, adhesives, and solvents among others
If you or a loved one works as a plumber, then it is important to familiarize yourself with this list and to stay as safe as you can when working in challenging conditions. Otherwise, you risk serious injury.
Here is a list of ways that you can keep yourself safe while doing plumbing work:
- Prepare for the job. Ask questions and know what you will be walking into before you arrive
- Protect your eyes and ears with goggles and earplugs
- Cover your arms and hands with protective sleeves and gloves
- Wear a face mask to prevent the inhalation of toxic chemicals when necessary
California plumbers make between $47,000 and $80,000 annually. It is a fantastic career to pursue, just sure that you are informed of the risks and precautions before you start work.