Thursday, July 18, 2024

Plumbing Safety First – Tips For Accident Prevention

Plumbing systems are integral components of modern life and must be regularly repaired or maintained in order to remain functional in our homes. If these systems become neglected, however, they can present various hazards and must be regularly serviced and repaired as they could present various health and safety risks if left neglected.

Establishing clear safety protocols for plumbers is paramount for their own protection as well as that of their clients, enabling them to deliver top-quality work.

1. Safe Lane Changes

Switching lanes may become second nature for many drivers, yet when done incorrectly it can cause serious accidents. Unsafe lane changes are one of the primary causes of accidents and should be avoided by employing proper driving techniques.

Before changing lanes, check your rear view and side view mirrors to see which vehicles are nearby and inspect over your shoulder to scan blind spots for motorcyclists or bicyclists – this process is known as shoulder checks and should be repeated each time you change lanes.

As soon as you’re prepared to change lanes, signal to other drivers so they know your intent – this gives them time to adapt their speed or position accordingly, potentially reducing surprise factors that lead to crashes.

2. Don’t Tailgate

Plumbers on the job face greater risks of accident. Therefore, it is vital for them to understand these hazards and take appropriate measures in order to mitigate them.

Rear-end collisions are among the most frequent forms of traffic crashes, often caused by drivers tailgating another vehicle in front of them and colliding into its back end, leading to damage, injuries or even fatalities.

PHCC takes an aggressive stance in helping its members remain safe on the job site, offering online safety training and information, sending out articles with specific risk management topics for industry stakeholders like Federated Insurance. Establishing plumbing safety protocols can reduce injuries while simultaneously protecting businesses and keeping clients happy.

3. Don’t Speed

Water damage and health risks posed by plumbing repairs can be expensive to address. Therefore, homeowners should follow these tips for maintaining optimal plumbing safety to protect both themselves and their home from such dangers.

No matter your experience level or DIY expertise, plumbing work always entails certain risks. Be aware of where each fixture’s water shutoff valve is situated as well as your main home shutoff valve to reduce risks during this work.

To ensure the wellbeing of both employees and clients, you should implement stringent safety protocols that focus on prioritizing safety issues. Doing so will protect your business, build trust with clients, and prepare it for long-term success.

4. Always Cover Your Skin

As well as rubber footwear, plumbers should always wear protective gloves and eyewear in order to safeguard themselves from chemicals and bacteria entering their lungs or being transferred unknowingly into homes. A hard hat should also be available should any projects require working with potentially hazardous materials.

Plumbers should abide by any and all chemical safety guidelines they are handling to demonstrate they prioritize personal and public health. This shows the clients you care for their wellbeing as much as your own.

PHCC takes pride in helping its members remain safe, and offers an extensive online library of safety information, as well as hosting webinars that are readily accessible by members. Furthermore, we collaborate closely with industry stakeholders such as Corporate Partner Federated.

5. Don’t Drive Under the Influence

Driving under the influence is highly dangerous for the driver, passengers, and all those on the road. Any substance that alters normal functioning can lessen a user’s ability to respond rapidly in emergency situations and increase their risk of an accident.

Setting safety first can protect both you and your team from accidents, fines, or other complications down the line. At PHCC, members have access to an expansive online library of safety information; live and on-demand webinars cover specific industry risk management issues; work closely with insurance industry stakeholders such as Federated Insurance so that members stay up-to-date about key safety topics; while Jobber offers customized plumbing safety checklists designed specifically for each job site ensuring your plumbers arrive prepared on every jobsite.

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