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Meet my Partners Work Crew.....
My other half (Baz) is not fantastic at following instructions (well at least those given by me)......when I said take a photo of you at work he took that as take a photo of what he does at work.....Baz is a Plumber and a foreman on some occasions (depending on the worksite) the photo he has taken is of pipe fitout to be installed at the worksite he is currently on.
The crew members in this photo are exposed to risked associated with cranes and suspended loads. As you can also see this is taking place on a public road (which had traffic restrictions in place) but it is a very busy tourist location in Sydney with many tourists/members of the public stopping to watch.
When most people think of plumbers they think about the dirty work - cleaning blocked drains or toliets, when Baz and I started going out (a number of years ago now) he introduced me to a whole new side of the plumbing industry the "clean plumbing" or "construction plumbing".
Plumbers in the construction industry are exposed to multiple risks (and plumbing in general is a lot riskier than I imagined) which include:
- working near/with excavation sites which have a risk of side wall collapse of collapsing nearby structures.
- Manul handling associated injuries
- Contact with underground services (electricity/gas) which could result in electricution
- Waterbourne pathogens exposing plumbers to infectious dieseases such as hepatitis, cholera and dysentery.
- Severe cuts, abrasions or electric shock from power tools, saws, cutters and tin snips
- Exposure to hazardous substances like PVC, glues, chlorine and priming fluids.
- insect, spider and even snake bites.
- Exposure to gas or ignition of gas resulting in explosions or asphyxiastion.
- Working at heights
- Working in confined spaces (the pipe photograhed above is to be installed just above the sea wall to take water from the ocean into the building to be used for cooling purposes - this is a confined space).
- Public access to construction sites and protecting members of the public as well as employees.
The plumbing industry within construction is just a small piece of the pie when it comes to construction.....it is no wonder why there is such a great focus on the construction industry when so many OHS issues may emerge when not managed correctly.