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Potential Dangers of HVAC Work

Potential Dangers of HVAC Work

Working with tools and equipment can be hazardous. Safety is always a concern. Employees and managers must be vigilant to reduce the risk of injuries that can sometimes be severe. HVAC work can be especially hazardous. There are some common potential dangers to look out for in this field.

Climbing Ladders

Due to the nature of the work, there are several situations that often cause HVAC injuries. A fair amount of the work takes place far from the floor. Climbing ladders is a major part of the job. It's important to make sure the ladder is secure and always maintain contact with three points: both feet and one hand.

Tight Spaces

Installing and repairing HVAC equipment often requires squeezing into tight spaces. Be cautious when doing so as this can cause back and joint injuries. Keep your spine straight and move slowly.

Electrical Shock

Connecting wires to HVAC equipment can cause electrical shocks if done improperly. These can cause severe injuries and even be fatal. Make sure the main power is shut off before connecting wires. Use the proper tools for all electrical work.

Heavy Lifting

HVAC equipment can be very heavy and lifting it can cause back and joint injuries. Always lift with proper form, using the legs and not the back. Use team lifting for very heavy objects and proper equipment for the heaviest. 

HVAC work can be among the most hazardous. Always take the proper safety precautions and be aware of your environment at all times. It can save you an injury that can put you out of work for a long time.