Safety Tips for Plumbing Contractors

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Safety Tips for Plumbing Contractors

By Zuma Insurance Services | August 29, 2018

Dangers of being a plumber


Plumbing is a dirty job, but someone has to do it! If you are working as a plumbing contractor, you are facing many safety risks on a daily basis. For this reason, it is important to take the proper precautions at all times. Here are some plumbing safety tips to help you reduce the chances of a serious incident on the job.

1. Use the right plumbing gear.

Plumbing jobs pose a risk to your eyes, ears and any other exposed part of your body. Make sure you invest in the proper plumbing gear and wear it at all times to keep yourself safe from injury while you work. You should also wear slip-resistant boots while you are on the job to protect yourself from falls on slippery surfaces. Although you may not need a hard hat for every job, you should keep one of these with you as well.

Plumbing safety tips

2. Use the right plumbing safety equipment.

Many accidents occur during plumbing jobs because the plumber is attempting to do the work without the right equipment. Be sure that you have the tools you need to complete the job before you begin. If you are already working and find that you don’t have the right tools, take a break to get the items you need. Otherwise, you may cause an accident that could have been avoided.

3. Stay hydrated.

Plumbers are prone to dehydration, especially when they are working in hot environments. When a plumber becomes dehydrated, not only will he or she work less effectively, but the plumber may also be at risk of passing out and sustaining a serious injury. To prevent dehydration, be sure to drink plenty of fluids while you work. If you start to feel thirsty, too hot or lightheaded, get yourself to a safe environment and drink some water. Don’t return to the job until all of your symptoms have subsided.

4. Protect others.

One of the most significant dangers of being a plumber is the risk of causing an injury to someone else. When you are working on a client’s plumbing, make sure that the client knows to stay far away from the worksite. Keep your tools and other equipment in a safe place that isn’t easily accessible to the client, his or her children and any pets in the home. If you must leave the jobsite temporarily, advise the client to leave it untouched until you return.

Plumbing safety equipment

5. Invest in insurance coverage.

Even with all of the best precautions, plumbers are always at risk of injury or illness. In addition, while on the job, you may accidentally injure someone else or cause damage to a client’s property. When these incidents occur, you can face significant expenses. For this reason, purchasing the proper insurance coverage for your plumbing business is essential.

Key Takeaways

  • Plumbing poses many risks, from exposure to extreme temperatures to injuries at the worksite.
  • Plumbers can reduce their risk of injury by using the right equipment, wearing the right gear and practicing appropriate self-care. In addition, plumbers should be careful to protect clients and their family members from injury while on the job.
  • Plumbers should also invest in insurance coverage to protect themselves and their company in the event of an accident.

Having appropriate insurance coverage is important for every plumber. If you are interested in reviewing your current insurance coverage, or if you’d like to purchase new coverage, please contact Zuma Insurance today to learn more about your options.