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3 risks that painters need to know about

You love painting because it gets you into the community. You paint the outsides of major buildings and the insides of new homes. You meet people, engage with others and experience more than if you worked an office job.

Unfortunately, there are some serious risks that painters face. When you have to paint buildings, you have a fall risk. When you paint bedrooms, there's a risk of inhaling dangerous chemicals. Here are a few common accidents you should know about, so you can take steps to avoid them.

1. Rotator-cuff injuries

Rotator-cuff injuries are a serious concern for anyone who uses large motions of the arm and shoulder in a repetitive way. Continuously lifting heavy paint cans or sprayers has the potential to cause injuries, as does repeatedly painting in large strokes. Muscle sprains and rotator-cuff injuries are common in the painting and decorating fields.

2. Fume exposure

While many indoor paints are no longer toxic, some outdoor paints and lacquers are. It's necessary to air out the area, so you aren't exposed to fumes. Breathing in too many adhesives, glues or lacquers could lead to serious illnesses. Lung problems may result from exposure to gases, mists, fumes and dusts in the workplace or in homes.

3. Eye injuries

When you spray the outside of a building with chemicals or splatter paint accidentally, there's always a risk of those chemicals getting into your eyes. Wear an eye mask to reduce the risk of exposure. Thousands of people are blinded yearly because of eye injuries in this field and in others. Be particularly cautious if you don't have an eyewash station or sink nearby.

These are a few risks painters face on the job. Take some safety precautions, and you should significantly reduce your risk of injuries from painting.

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