Plumber Job and Risk Profile

What does a Plumber do? 

Plumber job profile


Plumbers are essential tradesmen that keep our pipes and gutters running smoothly. Most plumbers will specialise in either construction or maintenance, although some do work in both sectors. Some duties of plumbers include building or repairing water supply and sewerage, installing waste disposal systems and installing drainage. A plumber may work on large scale projects such as hospitals and hotels or residential plumbing within private houses.

How do you become a Plumber?

The first step towards becoming a plumber, as with most trades, is to complete an apprenticeship. A plumbing apprenticeship involves both hands on practical training and theoretical knowledge of the industry. Following completion of the course, an apprentice can attain their plumbing license.

What are common injuries for a Plumber? 


The range of hazardous substances often found in septic or drainage plumbing may pose a risk to workers. The often wet and slippery environment also provides a number of safety hazards.

Minor injuries include –

  • Musculoskeletal injuries from repetitive strain
  • Eye injury from flying particles

Serious injuries include –

  • Head or back injuries from slips or falls

Long term injuries include –

  • Exposure to hazardous substances such as carcinogens, mould and asbestos
Plumbers score a 4/5 risk rating

Do Plumbers fix toilets? 


Plumbers that work in residential plumbing certainly install or fix toilet systems within their regular tasks. However, many plumbers focus on piping and systems in the construction stage of large scale buildings such as hospitals and hotels and therefore may never be tasked with fixing toilets. 

What time do Plumbers start work? 


A plumbers working hours may be quite flexible or on an as needed basis; particularly for those with their own business. Many plumbers will start their work day at around 9am and will be finished by around 4pm. Those working within construction of buildings may start as early as 7am to make the most of the daylight hours.

How much does a Plumber make? 


The median salary for a plumber is $58,597, however, they may earn anywhere from $30,567 to $82,838 per annum depending on experience.

What is the career path for a Plumber?


There's a variety of pathways a plumber may wish to take in terms of career progression. Some may enjoy working within a large construction company or there is great potential for starting up your own plumbing small business or franchise.

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Last update on:
May 30, 2018
Disclaimer: This information is designed for general information in relation to Queensland compensation law. It does not constitute legal advice. We strongly recommend you seek legal advice in regards to your specific situation. For expert advice call 1800 266 801 or chat via live chat to arrange free initial advice with our Principal lawyer, Greg Smith.

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