Commercial cleaning can be hard work. When you come into dangerous cleaning chemicals and spillages, it isn’t surprising that slips, trips and falls and other work accidents can and do occur whilst on the job. The question is what are five of the most common injuries that commercial cleaners suffer?
- Chemical burns
Commercial cleaners come into contact with many hazardous chemicals on the job, and not just bleach. So it may not be a surprise that a chemical burn is one of the most common injuries that commercial cleaners suffer. This type of work injury is more common when employers don’t provide health and safety equipment such as strong gloves and perhaps even masks for the more potent chemicals.
- Slip injuries on wet floors
Another common injury that commercial cleaners are prone to are slip injuries. This could be from spillage caused by another worker. Alternatively it could simply be from the wet floor during cleaning.
- Trips and falls from poor lighting
Many commercial cleaners work after office hours which means, especially in the winter, they are working when it is dark. Due to the lack of staff in the building they may not have all the standard lighting on. This means that common injuries that commercial cleaners suffer may include trips and falls due to poor lighting.
- Twisted ankles
This common injury sustained by commercial cleaners could be included in slip injuries. However, commercial cleaners don’t have to physically slip over to get a twisted ankle. The reason why this is one of the most common injuries is that as they are often walking on freshly cleaned and polished floors it can be difficult to stay upright. This means that whilst the cleaners are trying to stay upright they may twist or strain their ankle from the pressure they exert on the joint whilst trying not to fall over.
- Chest and breathing problems
As commercial cleaners are exposed to strong chemicals there is a risk that without using a mask they may inhale the vapours causing a much more long-term work injury. Even something as simple as inhaling bleach vapours can be dangerous to your lungs.
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Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown