The National Safety Council reported the average cost of workers’ compensation claims from 2019 to 2020 was $41,353. This is a costly area, but when workers suffer injuries on the job, employers have an obligation to provide compensation to assist with medical bills and wage losses.
This is especially true for high-risk occupations, such as painters. The job they do often comes with inherent dangers. Being aware of these hazards can help painters to avoid them.
Falls, trips and slips
One of the most prevalent risks for painters is falls, slips and trips. Painters often work in environments with uneven surfaces and paint spills. Additionally, they often use ladders and scaffolding or work on elevated platforms. Maintaining a clean and organized workspace, wearing appropriate footwear with slip-resistant soles and using proper safety equipment, such as harnesses and guardrails, can help prevent accidents.
Strains and sprains
Painting requires repetitive movements like reaching, bending and lifting. Over time, these actions can lead to strains and sprains in muscles and joints. To prevent these injuries, painters should practice proper body mechanics and take regular breaks to rest and stretch.
Painters often deal with paints and solvents containing harmful chemicals. The inhalation of these fumes can cause respiratory problems, ranging from short-term irritation to long-term health issues. Wearing the appropriate respiratory protection, such as masks or respirators, is essential to mitigate this risk.
Exposure to paint, solvents and cleaning agents can result in skin irritations and dermatitis. Wearing gloves, long-sleeved clothing and other protective gear can help reduce the chances of skin-related issues.
Paint splatters can easily reach a painter’s eyes, causing irritation or more severe injuries. Workers should always wear safety glasses or goggles to shield the eyes from these potential hazards.
Working around electrical outlets and wires is common for painters. Failure to exercise caution when painting near electrical sources can lead to electric shocks. Proper training and awareness are essential to prevent such incidents.
Painters often handle heavy tools and equipment. These items can fall from heights, posing a risk not only to the painter but also to others working below. Securely storing tools and putting proper barriers in place can help prevent falling object accidents.
Painting professions come with their share of workplace hazards. Prioritizing safety on the job not only protects the painter but also ensures the successful completion of each project.