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Plumbers

Plumbers do much more than fix kitchen sinks. They build, install, and maintain the entire infrastructure that supports our access to clean water. Civilians, businesses, and industries rely on plumbers for their water needs. To perform their job, plumbers face the risk of injury daily, including exposure to hazardous substances and biohazards, working at heights and in confined spaces, and the danger of slip and fall accidents.

Common Injuries Experienced by Plumbers

  • Sprains and strains from lifting heavy loads
  • Back injuries, such as herniated discs
  • Head injuries from falls or being struck by falling tools or materials
  • Musculoskeletal disorders from working in confined spaces
  • Repetitive stress injuries from tasks that require daily use of the same tools over a long period of time
  • Eye injuries from debris when cutting pipes and exposure to bacteria in sewage
  • Burns from hot pipes and escaping steam
  • Asbestos related respiratory diseases
  • Diseases like hepatitis A, B, or C, tetanus, leptospirosis, and bacterial infections from exposure to sewage or laying new pipes in soil
  • Exposure to lead from working on old pipes

Safe Working Conditions for Plumbers

There are many things employers can do to maintain a safe work environment for plumbers to complete their job. One effective way is to provide adequate personal protective equipment, including:

  • Eye protection for cutting and grinding jobs, and to protect from open sewage
  • Fall protection and hard hats for those working at heights
  • Heat insulating gloves and face shields for those working on hot pipes

Plumbers working with sewage pipes must be protected with gloves, rubber boots, coveralls, and eye protection. All workers must be trained in the selection, use, and maintenance of protective equipment to ensure its effectiveness. Training can also help prevent injuries from lifting heavy loads when workers know the proper way to handle them.

Extra precautions must be taken when working in confined spaces such as boilers, silos, storage tanks, sewers, pipes, and ducts. These enclosed spaces are not intended for humans and can lack a safe level of oxygen or even contain harmful gases. Entry and exit are often difficult or restricted. Plumbers going into confined spaces should test the oxygen level regularly, use calibrated gas monitors, and wear safety gear.

Repetitive stress injuries can be prevented by rotating tasks, taking breaks to relax and rest the muscles, and maintaining equipment so that it functions efficiently without excess vibration and does not require extra effort on the part of the user. When hazards, such as lead or asbestos, are known to be present on the work site, there are strict OSHA regulations that must be followed. Failure to do so can have serious health consequences for workers.

Filing a Claim for a Work Injury

If you have been injured in a work accident, you may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits. Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation is a no-fault system, so you are covered even if you were partially to blame for the accident. A successful claim can provide you with some or all of the following benefits:

  • Wage loss benefits
  • Medical benefits including the cost of treatment, medications, orthopedic appliances, and prostheses
  • Specific loss benefits for loss of permanent use of all or part of a leg, foot, toe, thumb, finger, arm, hand, hearing, or eyesight, or for serious and permanent disfigurement of the head, face, or neck
  • Death benefits are available to surviving dependents of a worker who was fatally injured

Working with an experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer with specific knowledge of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation system can aid in your recovery. When the stress of filing a claim is being handled by someone familiar with all legal deadlines, you can relax and recuperate.

Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers of Gross & Kenny, LLP Fight for Injured Workers

If you have suffered a work injury, let the experienced Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers of Gross & Kenny, LLP assist you in seeking compensation. We are dedicated to helping injured workers and will fight to obtain the maximum allowable compensation for your case. An initial consultation is free of charge, so call us at 267-589-0090 today or contact us online. From our office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, we serve clients from the surrounding areas.