Typically working outside and often at height, professional window cleaners are exposed to an array of risks that could result in more or less severe injuries at work.
Risks for professional window cleaners
Like in many other occupations, slips, trips and falls account for a high percentage of window cleaning accidents. In addition to the risk of injuries by slipping on wet, muddy or icy footpaths, professional window cleaners could also sustain injuries by tripping over equipment, potholes or kerbs.
Unless safe, well-maintained ladders and other climbing equipment (rope systems, hoists, platforms) as well as personal protective equipment like safety belts or body harnesses are provided and cleaners are adequately trained in safe working practices, falls from height could result in potentially life-changing, even fatal work injuries.
Health hazards for professional window cleaners
Use of cleaning agents may also cause window cleaners to develop work-related skin conditions such as dermatitis. When working on buildings bordering busy roads, exposure to toxic fumes emitted by passing vehicles could lead to respiratory illnesses. Working under wet and cold conditions equally endangers the health of window cleaners.
- Traffic related incidents
Working on often narrow residential or commercial streets, cleaners are also at risk of being hit by a passing vehicle. Moving from one cleaning job to the next naturally also poses a risk of encountering a motoring accident.
- Window cleaning companies
The law requires owners of window cleaning companies to assess the potential risks of varying cleaning jobs and provide the necessary equipment and training for workers to perform their duties as safely as possible. If an employer fails to do this and employees subsequently sustain injuries in accidents at work, the company could be liable to pay the injured worker industrial injury compensation.
- If you were hurt
Should this kind of scenario apply to you and you were injured at work because your employer failed to train you properly or did not provide or properly maintain suitable equipment and/or personal protective gear, you could be entitled to make a work injury claim.
Where to go for help
Claiming for compensation will invariably make it necessary for you to find a good solicitor. Accident Advice Helpline lawyers have many years of experience and an exemplary track record in handling industrial accident claims. Get no-win no-fee* legal representation by our in-house legal team today by calling our freephone helpline on 0333 500 0993 (mobiles) on 0800 689 0500 (landlines) now.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown