Timothy shares his story of working as a Union Insulator. He talks about what he does as an insulator, how he got into the business, and he provides advice for those considering going into this construction trade.
Insulation workers install and replace the materials used to insulate buildings and their mechanical systems to help control and maintain temperature. Floor, ceiling, and wall insulators install insulation in attics, floors, and behind walls in homes and other buildings. Most of these workers unroll, cut, fit, and staple batts of fiberglass insulation between wall studs and ceiling joists. Some workers, however, spray foam insulation with a compressor hose into the space being filled.
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Floor, ceiling, and wall insulators have one of the highest rates of injury and illness. In contrast, mechanical insulators have a very low rate of injury and illness. Falls from ladders and cuts from knives are common hazards. Also, small particles from insulation materials, especially when sprayed, can irritate the eyes, skin, and lungs. To protect themselves, they keep the work area well ventilated. They also wear protective suits, masks, and they may wear respirators. Mechanical insulators may get burns from the pipes they insulate.
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