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In addition to listening to too much Radio 2 and covering your favourite radio with paint, there is a range of dangers to which painters and decorators are frequently exposed that can have serious consequences.

Ladders and falls from height

Whenever ladders or scaffolding are to be used, there must be a certain level of risk assessment in place before anyone actually leaves the ground. The Health and Safety Executive has a range of advice for working at height safely which includes ensuring that the equipment to be used in is safe working condition and has been properly maintained, and to ensure that any personnel using the equipment has been properly trained in how to do so safely. Making sure that walkways are clear and uncluttered and that lighting is sufficient for workers to be able to see what they are doing and where they are going properly is also crucial.

Industrial Dermatitis

The variety of chemicals used by painters and decorators carries a range of risks that can lead to issues for those who use them, particularly those who use them on a regular basis. Some of the paints, primers and thinners contain chemicals that can damage the skin; either immediately or over the course of time, so it is imperative that suitable procedures and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) are put in place. Irritant and Allergic Contact dermatitis can be very painful and can make working very difficult for those who suffer from it.


While asbestos has been banned from use in buildings since the beginning of the millennium, there is still a lot of it to be found in older buildings. It does not generally cause danger unless it is disturbed. Unfortunately it is usually those who work in the industries most likely to disturb it where the danger is most prevalent. Builders, plumbers, painters and decorators are, by their nature, those who are often found in building and maintenance projects, so it essential that proper procedures and protective equipment are used in accordance with recommendations when dealing with the risks, or potential risks from asbestos.

Have you been injured?

If you have worked as a painter or decorator, whether you are employed by a company or self-employed, and have suffered an injury at work, or an ongoing illness as a result of your work, it is quite plausible that you could make a claim for compensation. Our solicitors have years of experience in handling these types of claim and will swiftly be able to talk through your case and identify if you can make a claim, and if so, how much that claim might be worth. Contact us today to see how we can help you get the payout you deserve.