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Common Safety Hazards for CA Plumbers

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.