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Common Hazards in Water Damage Restoration

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage restoration is an exciting, interesting line of work. No two days are the same, and you’re constantly being called upon to solve problems, think critically and make a difference in the lives of people in your community.

That said, restoration work can also be dangerous. On every single job that we do, our first priority is the health and safety of both our team and any occupants of the structure that we’re working in.

The most common hazard that we deal with is actually somewhat mundane: slips and falls. Even in a major disaster, sometimes the biggest risk is a wet floor.

Past that, there are many hazards that we check for on each and every job. Here’s a list of the most common hazards that we run into:

  • Electrical shock
  • Gas leaks
  • Lead-based paint
  • Asbestos-containing materials
  • Entering “confined” spaces (i.e. spaces not designed for human habitation)
  • Coming into contact with contaminated water (e.g. sewage)
  • Leaks of chemicals or hazardous materials
  • Damaged construction components or materials (e.g. falling ceilings)
  • Exposure to household chemicals without proper packaging or PPE
  • Excessive heat

Some of these hazards seem like no-brainers, while others may not seem like such big deals. Take it from us – each and every one of the items on this list can represent a significant health risk in the wrong circumstances.

That’s why the first thing our technicians do is eliminate, contain and communicate hazards to all parties. It’s just one more way that SERVPRO of West Seneca/Lancaster strives to keep you safe.

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