Not all clothes can be washed easily in a washing machine. Some give the instructions to be washed at a dry cleaners in order to protect them. If you work at a dry cleaners you will be aware of the many tasks that you need to do during the average day. While most days will go according to plan, there could be the potential for something to go wrong if you do not have adequate health and safety provisions in place at your store.
If you work in a dry cleaners you may well be employed by the manager there. The owner of the store has a duty of care that means they should ensure every worker is safe and is not in any danger when they are doing their job.
What can go wrong to lead to injured dry cleaners?
Injured dry cleaners could receive a variety of injuries depending on what happens. Slips and trips are among the most common injuries, which holds true for many workplaces. It is too easy to wash a floor and not put up warning signs, or neglect to wash a slippery floor contaminated with a spillage. Anything like this could lead to an accident.
A dry cleaners might also have a rail and pulley system for hanging up clothing before and after it is cleaned. Anyone working in the cleaners should be taught how to use this safely to reduce any chance of injuries. Proper training should also reduce the odds of being hurt due to the use of other machinery or cleaning products.
Have you been injured in a similar setting?
In situations like these all kinds of things have the potential to happen if someone is negligent in their care of the workplace and of their workers. Manual handling can lead to injuries as well, any of which could be quite serious. Indeed, manual handling injuries have the potential to cause regular problems someone could suffer from for some time to come.
If you think you have been injured while working at a dry cleaners because someone else was indeed negligent, it might be worth calling Accident Advice Helpline. Our number is 0800 689 0500 and this is a completely free enquiry line. Make sure you give us a call as quickly as you can to determine whether compensation might be paid out in your case.
Date Published: August 20, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead