When thinking of dangerous work environments, perhaps janitorial work isn’t the first example that comes to mind. However, those involved in janitorial work, building management and cleaning services are exposed to many risks in their daily work. Here, we look at some of the most common accident at work claims by those involved in janitorial work.
What are the most common work-related accidents suffered by janitors and caretakers?
- Neck, back and shoulder injury – Janitors often spend a lot of time cleaning floors and spend extended periods of time often in a hunched over position or operating heavy floor buffing machinery which can lead to pain in the back, neck and shoulders.
- Repetitive Strain Injury – Also known as RSI, Repetitive Strain Injury is a major cause of accidents in the workplace and janitorial work is no exception. Janitorial work often involves carrying out repetitive actions which places a lot of strain on areas such as the wrists.
- Slips, trips and falls – Those involved in janitorial work are particularly exposed to the risks of slipping, tripping and falling at work. Janitors are often tasked to clean up spillages and other wet surfaces which greatly increases the risk of a work accident. Those involved in janitorial work should ensure that they wear adequate footwear when carrying out any tasks that may present a risk of slips, trips or falls.
- Falls from height – Janitors or caretakers often use stepladders in their line of work when carrying out routine maintenance around a building. Stepladders are a major cause of falls from heights and cause serious back injuries.
- Chemical exposure – Cleaning often involves the use of industrial chemicals in order to remove stains from surfaces. These materials can cause irritation of the skin and eyes and can also lead to breathing difficulty. It is important to wear the correct protective clothing when handling any chemicals which may pose a risk of irritation.
- Blood-borne pathogens – It isn’t uncommon for janitors to come into contact with blood in their daily work. Cases have been reported of janitors contracting Hepatitis B and HIV.
Remember, if you are involved in janitorial work and you’ve been injured as the result of an accident in your workplace within the last 3 years and it wasn’t your fault then you may be entitled to claim compensation. Call us today for more information on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Our lines are open 24/7 where a friendly and professional adviser is waiting to take your call.
Date Published: February 12, 2014
Author: David Brown