Just by the nature of the job, some professions, like first-responders, carpenters, and construction workers, are more prone to work-related injuries than others. Included in this list of high-risk injury professions are pipefitters.
Pipefitters are tradesmen who assemble and install the pipes used in heating, cooling, steam, hot water, lubricating, and processing systems.
Some of the job responsibilities of pipefitters include:
- Ordering pipes
- Assembling materials
- Threading and hammering pipes
- Altering pipe sizes
- Securing pipes to tanks and walls
Pipefitters Are Exposed to Numerous Hazards
Like the aforementioned professions, pipefitters are exposed to a number of dangers, like hazardous equipment. This can be massive machinery, like forklifts and excavators. It also includes smaller, handheld tools like welding torches and power saws to alter pipes. When pipefitters hammer pipes to modify the size and shape, fragments of metal can pierce their skin or enter their eyes.
Due to the nature of their work, pipefitters can find themselves exposed to various dangerous substances. Hazardous materials like refrigerants, oxidizers, and flammable products can put pipefitters at-risk of injuries.
Some of the specific hazards include:
- Fire and explosions
- Fallen objects
- Dangerous scaffolding
- Excavation and trenching
- Carrying heavy loads
- Earth movers
- Onsite transportation
Pipefitters Experience Common Injuries
All of these potential hazards make pipefitters susceptible to a large number of work-related injuries and illnesses. Pipefitters experience common injuries to the back, neck, and shoulders, along with the potential to be crushed or pinned, and suffering from musculoskeletal injuries.
Accidents can lead to burns, brain injuries, electrocution, broken bones, loss of limbs, hearing loss, loss of vision, paralysis, and possibly even death.
OSHA Sets and Enforces Safety Regulations for Pipefitters
To ensure safe and healthful work conditions for pipefitters, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) established safety regulations for pipefitters, which are also shared with those in electrical and construction work.
These regulations include:
- Properly labeling flammable storage with warnings
- Clearly marked electrical hazards
- Proper training and support for crane operators placing large pipes
- Properly built and inspected scaffolding for elevated piping
- Compressed gas clear from welding areas or protected by flame resistant shields
- Safely maintained workplaces free from hazards, including dangerous open flames, chemicals, and exposed electrical wiring
Philadelphia Construction Accident Lawyers of McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Represent Injured Pipefitters
We understand that when pipefitters work on commercial construction sites, they are exposed to dangerous conditions and hazardous situations. Being injured by the negligence of your company or dangerous practices means you are entitled to Workers’ Compensation or even third-party liability. If you are a pipefitter who has been injured while working on the job, contact a Philadelphia construction accident lawyer at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC for legal representation.
Serving clients throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey, we are conveniently located in Center City Philadelphia. For a free initial consultation, contact us online or at 215-569-8488.