Top 3 Dangers Facing Professional Painters

Top 3 Dangers Facing Professional Painters

Professional painters face a myriad of obstacles when meticulously applying paint to give your house that new-home sparkle. Whether they are due to utilizing scaffolding, ladders, paint sprayers, brushes or even the constant bending, lifting and reaching, professional painter hazards are numerous but can be minimized with astute observation and careful planning on the job site.

1. Falls

It’s no wonder falls are one of the biggest hazards for painters. In a 2014 study, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 3,470 falls among residential construction workers, including slips and trips that led to injury and/or missed workdays. Whether negotiating ladders, scaffolding or tight spaces, one careless foot placement or piece of shaky equipment could end in catastrophe. 

2. Fumes

Professional painters are at risk of lung and upper respiratory damage and even cancer from working without proper ventilation or utilizing appropriate personal protective equipment. Fumes are particularly worrisome when spraying paint indoors due to the fine particulate matter from most paint sprayers.

3. Fatigue

Being tired at the end of the workday is common for most people. However, professional painters must continue to remain vigilant with safety precautions in order to avoid accidents. In addition, fatigue over time in performing repetitive tasks with poor body ergonomics may cause more chronic overuse conditions in the shoulders and lower back, leading to increased risk of injury and pain.

Although working as a professional painter has significant safety hazards, a large portion of these risks can be mitigated through careful attention and effort to create a safe work environment.