Working as a plumber is generally considered a safe vocation. However sometimes accidents do happen and injuries in this type of role can vary from minor to severe and can include:
- Slips, trips and falls
- Back Injuries
- Electric shock due to faulty equipment
Alongside these injuries plumbers can be exposed to various toxins and chemicals which have been known to harm your health. Symptoms of harmful exposure include:
- Skin reactions
- Lung damage
In the event of any accident at work we always advise you seek medical attention first. Make sure your accident is recorded in the accident book if not at the time of accident then as soon as possible afterwards.
The accident book is very important when making a claim for compensation. Although the compensation is not dependant on an entry in the accident book it will certainly help us to present your case with as much evidence as possible.
24 hr Claims Helpline 0808 168 5385
Plumbing is a laborious and high skilled occupation, and therefore a plumber must be experienced and highly trained, obtaining the required skills to a substantial standard. Trainee plumbers, and those who don’t obtain the required skills, must never complete a job without an experienced plumber present, and a risk assessment should be carried out prior to beginning any job, in order to reduce the risk of injury. Plumbers can work in multiple different settings, which can include anything from private residences to construction sites. Common jobs which plumbers are asked to complete are unblocking toilets, installing new pipe work, or installing an entire new plumbing system.
The most common causes of injury for plumbers include:
- Lifting and carrying heavy objects
- Working in awkward positions
- Road accidents when travelling between jobs
- Falling objects
- Being exposed to harmful chemicals
- Being exposed to dangerous hazards, such as sewage pipes, for example.
- Slips, trips, and falls.
An example of a plumber claiming compensation for an injury at work was when a plumber was asked to change the handle on a toilet door, from electronic to manual. However, the worker’s employer did not complete an accurate risk assessment of the task, which resulted in the plumber rupturing a tendon in his shoulder whilst completing the task. £10,000 was claimed for the plumber in compensation, due to his injury being a consequence of his employer’s negligence.
If you have been injured in the workplace due to any of the above circumstances, you may be in a position to make a claim for compensation. This requires adequate evidence that your employer or another colleague is held responsible for your injuries.