There are some hazards, such as removing broken glass from windows, and in some cases, working at heights, that are associated with this trade. If you have a phobia about working well above ground level, then you need to think twice about this job. Handling glass can be extremely dangerous. Glass is produced in gauges from 2mm to 25mm. The thicker the glass, the heavier it will be. Safety policies regarding lifting are, therefore, important. To minimise any danger, the glass should be lifted in a certain way, and of course, tradespeople should only lift a manageable weight on their own. Mechanical equipment is used to move or lift glass that is too heavy to carry.
Several manual and practical skills are required to operate the equipment needed for the job. Glaziers use cutters, drills, pliers, glass and wheel cutters, and bevelling wheels. Technological change has led to the introduction of computerised, automatic cutting equipment, which in turn has minimised waste.
A flat glass tradesperson usually works between the hours of 7am and 5pm except if an emergency occurs out of work hours. Some overtime may occur on evenings and on weekends. A lot of travelling can be expected when going between work sites.