School cleaners have an essential role to play in keeping a school at its most efficient level. They must ensure each and every room and area is kept clean and tidy at all times, from the classrooms to the lunch hall or cafeteria. They may work throughout the day or at specific times before and after the school day has begun and ended. They will have a variety of tools to use to ensure they can do their jobs to their best ability as well.
Thankfully Accident Advice Helpline doesn’t hear from too many injured school cleaners who have suffered injuries through the work they do. This is on the whole a very safe job and the people in charge of the schools make sure all health and safety elements are adhered to at all times.
What kinds of incidents might lead to injured school cleaners?
There is the potential for a variety of things to go wrong here. For example a cleaner may be asked to clean an area that is potentially unsafe. An example would be if they were requested to clean a room where asbestos was present and in bad condition, where the fibres could well be released into the air and inhaled by the cleaner. In another example a cleaner may be given equipment to use for cleaning that is unfit for purpose.
Clearly there are potential situations where a cleaner could indeed be harmed while carrying out their job. Thankfully these situations occur very rarely since the majority of people in charge of schools take their health and safety responsibilities very seriously indeed. If this is not the case there could be a situation where a compensation claim might be made.
From minor injuries to more severe ones
We have seen that there are potential cases where injured school cleaners may contract illnesses as a result of working in sub-standard conditions. However, injuries can also be sustained in more minor ways, such as by slipping in wet patches or working in areas that are unsafe in some other way. Even something as simple as uneven floor tiles that have not been fixed could lead a cleaner to trip and fall, injuring themselves in the process.
Does this sound familiar? Why not call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out if you can make a claim with our assistance?
Date Published: May 31, 2015
Author: Rob Steen