Knee bend agony for plumbers
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.”