Cleaners and domestic workers are exposed to a variety of dangers on a daily basis. While some may believe that this is simply a necessary part of the job, and that injuries are to be expected, in fact no one should ever have to be injured in the workplace due a lack of proper safety gear or unsafe equipment.
If you have been injured in the course of your normal work as a cleaner or domestic worker, through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to claim personal injury compensation.
Common injuries sustained by cleaners and domestic workers
One of the biggest dangers faced by cleaners and domestic workers is the needlestick injury. Being pricked by a used syringe takes only a moment and barely hurts at all, but it can have the direst consequences. While the injury is more common among medical cleaners, it can happen to anyone when used syringes are often thrown onto the ground or into plastic bin bags which they can easily prick through. Cleaners should always be given the proper training in how to deal with waste so as to be aware of used syringes, and the proper gloves to protect their hands when dealing with waste manually.
Other than needlestick injuries, cleaners and domestic workers are also exposed to chemical burns caused by cleaning materials and injuries sustained due to faulty or heavy equipment. The COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) guidelines state that dangerous chemicals should only be used where no other substances will do, while the Manual Handling Operations Regulations state that no one should ever have to operate heavy machinery unless it is strictly necessary. They should also be trained in using this machinery so as to avoid chronic injuries.
What to do if you have been injured in your work as a cleaner or domestic worker
If you have been injured at work due to your employer’s negligence (which includes a lack of proper training or safety gear) you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
Personal injury compensation exists to help those victims of accident or injury deal with the loss of earnings they face through time off work, or changes to their lifestyle that may be necessary due to disability.
If you’d like to know more, call our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline. They’ll be able to discuss your individual situation in order to assess whether your claim is likely to be successful, and how much compensation you could receive.
Date Published: November 22, 2013
Author: David Brown