People love a reliable plumber, on hand to fix their piping issue. It’s not an easy job, however, as made clear by a recent research by leading independent plumbing group, The IPG, which reports that about 75% of working plumbers experience knee problems, yet only 41% of them have actually talked to their general practitioner about the matter.
The group surveyed 184 plumbers, and also noted that about 57% of them felt that they would need knee replacement surgery later in their lives, thanks to the hardship of being a reliable plumber, a profession that’s not exactly easy. On top of that, 59% stated that they believed that they’d be forced to retire early because of the injuries they’ve picked up on the job.
On average, a UK plumber works 47 hours week, with about half of that time spent working on their knees, which can have detrimental effects on their health, especially with no protective work wear. However, that can’t prevent issues, as 77% responded that they still had issues even with knee pads.
The plumbers that have been on the job for more than 3 decades have the worst knee issues, with 68% saying that they have needed operations on their knees, like physio and keyhole surgery. Even the younger plumbers, however, have found themselves needing to go to the hospital and take some time off the job, even at great costs to their livelihoods. Even just one week off unpaid can be disastrous for a self-employed plumber.
One common condition that affects many a reliable plumber is bursitis, caused by bony joints having regular contact with hard surfaces. Worst case scenario, this leads to completely inflamed joints, which would mean the afflicted would suffer severe pain whenever they walk.
The IPG Director of Trade Tony Dark says that this is a serious issue that needs to be dealt with. The IPG urges plumbers and installers to make sure that they have specialist protection whilst working, and that they also consult a doctor as soon as possible if they start to experience problems with their knees, in order to avoid more serious issues down the road.