Professional window cleaners frequently work outside and at height. As such, they are exposed to a great deal of hazards that could easily result in injuries at work of varying severity.
Hazards for window cleaners
Slips, trips and falls are among the most common window cleaning accidents at work. Wet or icy footpaths, pavements and roads can easily result in window cleaners sustaining injuries by slipping. Kerbs, potholes and even the equipment used by window cleaners can also cause trip injuries.
Working at height
When working at height, a lack of well-maintained, suitable and safe ladders and/or hoists; platforms, rope systems or other suitable climbing equipment and personal protective equipment (body harnesses, safety belts) could all too easily end in falls from height, as could lack of training in safe working procedures. This type of work accident could, of course, cause potentially life-changing and even fatal injuries at work.
Work-related conditions window cleaners may develop include, for instance:
- Dermatitis, which may be caused by using various cleaning agents
- Respiratory illnesses caused by exposure to harmful fumes discharged by passing vehicles while cleaning windows on buildings close to busy roads
- Cold and wet weather conditions can also endanger window cleaning professionals’ health
On the road
Frequently working next to narrow, busy commercial or residential streets, cleaners could also be struck by passing vehicles. Motoring accidents while driving from one location to the next are also a risk.
Window cleaning companies are legally required to assess potential risks posed to cleaners at different locations and provide workers with the necessary training and equipment to do their job safely. If this is not done and employees are subsequently injured at work, the responsible employer could be held liable to pay them work injury compensation.
Window cleaning incidents
If you suffered an injury in a window cleaning accident or developed a work-related illness because your employer did not provide you with properly maintained equipment, personal protective gear or training, you could qualify for industrial injury compensation.
Making a compensation claim will invariably make finding a good solicitor necessary. Accident Advice Helpline solicitors have over 15 years’ experience and an outstanding record of bringing industrial accident claims to successful conclusions.
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Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice