Safety Tips for the Power Wash Industry

It is important to protect yourself and what you are washing on any job, from sidewalks to skyscrapers.  Most pressure washer injuries are 100% avoidable and are often caused due to lack of focus.  Pressure washer safety is crucial to avoid serious injury or even death. Purchase the proper safety gear for yourself including gloves, safety glasses, and ear protection.  Wear long pants to guard against flying debris.  Avoid ladders when possible working at heights, as the kickback can push you off, causing deadly falls.

Accidents Happen

No one ever thinks it will happen to them, but there are hundreds of examples on OSHA’s website alone showing the kinds of accidents that happen to power wash professionals each year.  For instance, there was an accident report filed when a hose separated from the water source, striking the employee in the face and neck. Another report describes an accident where a man was treated for systemic poisoning after the tip of the wash hose shot off, causing the stream of water to strike and lacerate his wrist. One man had his finger lacerated by high pressure and had to immediately be treated at a hospital.  There are plenty more examples from OSHA’s accident report center ranging from clogged hoses to kinked lines and loose fittings. All demonstrate the types of accidents professional washers face on the job. So how do you avoid them?

Avoiding Dangers

Being aware of your surroundings before starting your job is very important to remaining safe.  You can’t avoid a hazard if you do not know it is there.  Write down all the job hazards and your solution to control the risk. Look for electrical panels, vents, open windows, and other issues prior to starting the job.  Make sure no children or pets are in the area.  Always be aware of what you are doing and observant of changing situations. Using proper protection, such as anti-fall gear when working at heights, plays a big role in saving lives. Spending the extra time before a job to properly setup equipment and understand the job sight will pay off in the long run. Many claims have been paid out because an employee is careless and a job is started too quickly without looking for these hazards.

Each machine is different and you need to know the right way to use it.  Read the entire user manual for your washer and observe the warnings listed.

We hope these important tips will help you use your pressure washer safely.  If you have any questions about or would like a free quote, please call 1-800-878-3808 to speak with one of our specialists. Happy Washing!

 

For more information of reported accidents, visit OSHA Accident Search

2 comments on “Safety Tips for the Power Wash Industry

  1. My husband and I ran into some trouble with the teenagers near buy, and they painted graffiti on our home. We need a way get rid of this, and your article had some great tips for using a pressure washer, and I liked how you said to avoid dangers by beings aware of electric panels, vents, open windows, and other things that could cause issues. Thanks for the help; we’ll keep this in mind when using a power washer

  2. Hi Jocelyn, we’re glad the article was helpful in providing you and your husband with some power wash safety tips! Hopefully you won’t have anymore graffiti problems! Thanks for your feedback.

    -Jessi

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