Every day, an army of cleaners set out to make sure every supermarket in the country is clean and sparkling at all times. When you consider the number of people who move round each supermarket on a daily basis, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to find the cleaning process can be a constant one. This is particularly true when it comes to supermarkets that are open 24 hours a day.
Of course cleaners are entitled to work in safe surroundings just as every other worker is. To this end there are risk assessments every employer should do to make sure their cleaners are not hurt while doing their jobs. Injured supermarket cleaners may find their injuries prevent them from working for a period of time. In the worst-case scenario there is a chance they might not be able to work again, if the injuries are serious.
Hurt by faulty equipment
Most cleaners will have to use a variety of cleaning equipment. This could be something as simple as a mop and bucket, but it could also mean using a floor buffer. As such it is important that every cleaner is trained to use whatever equipment they are required to use during their daily work. The equipment should also be well-maintained and suitable for the job at hand. If this is not the case it may lead to injured supermarket cleaners suffering an accident that could easily have been avoided.
In other cases Accident Advice Helpline has heard from cleaners who have been hurt because they were not given adequate personal protective equipment. This could simply mean the use of good-quality gloves when handling bleach or other cleaning fluids. Anything like this can potentially harm the skin, so gloves and other items should be worn for protection when required.
Staying safe while working as a cleaner
If you have any concerns about your safety while working in this role you should bring them to the attention of your employer. Proper health and safety training should be provided so you know how to perform your job safely and without incident. There should be no chance of any problems occurring because you were not protected.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 if you have been hurt working as a supermarket cleaner. We may be able to see whether a compensation claim could meet with success.
Date Published: August 20, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead