Knee bend agony for plumbers

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ONLY a third of plumbers will get through their ca­reer with­out ma­jor knee prob­lems, a sur­vey found.

At least half of them said they would need new knees, with the rest fac­ing keyhole surgery or phys­io­ther­apy.

Three-quar­ters told the In­de­pen­dent Plumb­ing Group that prob­lems had meant they had lost work.

But only 41 per cent of the 28,000-strong trade go to their doc­tor for help.

The IPG said plumbers must take bet­ter care, as even with kneepads 77 per cent said they had suf­fered com­pli­ca­tions.

Boss Tony Dark said: “This needs to be ad­dressed. We urge all plumbers to en­sure they use spe­cial­ist pro­tec­tion.

“It is es­sen­tial that if any plumber or in­staller starts to have any trou­ble they con­sult a GP straight away.”

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