When a water pipe breaks, it is common for workers to use the cured-in-place pipe repair technique. The process involves putting a fabric tube filled with resin into the damaged area of the pipe. It is then cured with steam, hot water or ultraviolet light to create a new pipe. Although the process is thought to be effective, it may pose health issues to workers.
This is because chemical plumes created using the CIPP method may not be water vapor as originally thought. Instead, these plumes may contain materials that cause cancer and other serious health problems. This was one of the key findings of a study conducted by researchers from Purdue University. The study looked at a pair of sanitary sewer-pipe installations as well as five storm-water pipe repairs in Indiana and California. It is believed that the CIPP process is used in roughly half of all pipe repairs conducted in the United States.
This means that individuals throughout the country could be impacted. To keep themselves safe, workers are encouraged to wear thick gloves and other protective clothing while engaging in this process. They are also encouraged to call health officials if anyone gets sick or if they smell any unusual odors while making a pipe repair.
Those who get sick or are injured on the job may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits. These benefits could provide compensation for medical bills and related costs incurred because of a workplace injury. Anyone who is hurt at work may benefit from notifying their employer immediately and getting medical attention as soon as possible. Legal counsel may be able to help injured workers secure the benefits that they are entitled to.