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    how likely is injury in hvac?

    hi I'm new here

    my husband has been getting hurt at work every year for almost 4 years, that means out of work for 3 up to 6 months. 2 different jobs. I told him he really should be more careful and to change the field of work, but he gets angry and said it happens a lot especially in this field. Early this year, there was a faulty equipment and he got hurt bad. He said his coworker had the same thing happen with the same equipment and now they replaced it. There was an incidence with his spine, wrist, arm, and electricity in the past, different situations. sorry, for privacy I can't go so much into details. he works in commercial.i t's not that I don't take his word but I would like him to go into a new field if this keeps happening I'm just worried and stressed out about it right now

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    Unfortunately injuries are part of the trade. It's something that all of us and our families accept that this work is dangerous and any day could be our last. Without knowing what happened its hard to say if the injuries are "normal" for our trade, but I can tell you that most of my more serious injuries happened while I was in a hurry and did something stupid.

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    Every job has risks of injury. It is more how well the company works to minimize those risks. Working commercial means a larger company. Those usually have a safety program to keep their employees safe. The less injuries they have, the better deal they can get on workman's comp insurance.

    Hurt every year and out for 3 to 6 months does not sound the standard for this industry. Most guys might have one or two injuries like that in their career (guessing). Injuries that cause you to miss a day or two or maybe even a week, yes that can be pretty common.
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    Been doing this for 22 years and had a slipped disc in my neck once...didn't work for 3 months.

    Sounds like your husband needs to be more careful and pay attention. If something doesn't look safe, don't do it until the situation is remedied.
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    I don't know your husband's age, but this is a young man's work. Their is plenty of lifting, climbing, kneeling, and bodily contortion involved. After a number of years, the little nagging injuries add up.

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    It happens. I've been injured 3 times, in 15 years, that required time off work. 2 requiring surgery, and the latest, which I am going thru right now, possibly multiple surgeries. Still love the work, and not sure I'd want to do anything else.
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    It's more dangerous then a lot of people realize. I have been fortunate. The many injuries I have had I would classify as minor, a day or 2 off at most. You WILL get cut. You WILL get shocked. You WILL get burned. You WILL smash something. It's all about trying to identify hazards before they get you. Trying. Stuff happens and complacency gets us all at least once.

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    1- have to recognize a danger beforehand.

    2-have to have stones large enough to put a stop to the situation(if stones aren't big enough; might consider taking an OSHA course and getting phone #)

    3- can't be scared for your job (it may cost you your life)

    4- camera phone creates a wonderful "paper trail"-----------------document, document , document.....................
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    I've been doing this trade for 8 years now (I know, not as long as others).
    I've had stitches in my hands twice, burned twice and had countless strains, sprains and pulls, and one eye injury (steel chips)
    All these things happened because I wasn't careful or wasn't wearing PPE, fortunately I've only had to go on modified duties, no time off.

    The government around here takes workplace injuries very seriously, and won't pay worker's comp if you're the idiot that caused the injury.

    With all due respect to you and your husband, every injury can be avoided by being aware, and being prepared for the work at hand. However, if his boss isn't providing the the training like he should, then the boss shares responsibility as well.

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    All good responses.

    I have only been at it 6 years, and count myself fortunate to not have had any major injuries, all minor, cuts, burns etc, never missed time off work. My boss is very safety conscious, and stands behind any decision I make if safety is a concern. I reflect his concern for safety onto the guys that I manage.

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    Arcing electricity, moving parts, climbing and crawling as well as the daily driving are all hazardous and demand the utmost respect.
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    One time loss injury in 20 years, and it was because I ignored safety procedures. It is a dangerous job, but with the right attitude and PPE, the time loss accidents can be greatly reduced.

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