Custodians and other janitorial workers provide an essential, if often underappreciated, service. These employees clean a variety of commercial establishments, including educational institutions, medical facilities, childcare center, food service operations, office buildings, and more.
Janitorial safety is a necessity because these employees can be exposed to hazardous materials and unsafe work environments that can lend themselves to a variety of accidents and injuries, including hazardous chemicals and dangerous equipment. Their job functions also may include tasks that can cause injuries if they are performed repetitively or improperly. Employees may be at an even greater risk if their work environment does not adhere to OSHA guidelines.
Burg Simpson’s workers’ compensation lawyers understand just how important it is that your workers’ compensation claim is filed quickly and accurately. Otherwise, you may risk not receiving any compensation for your injuries. We can help you receive the medical benefits and lost wages you deserve. Call us at (866) 649-8734 or fill out our FREE case evaluation form to get started.
Types of Workplace Hazards
Some of the unique circumstances janitorial workers face daily that can lead to workers’ comp claims include:
- Bloodborne pathogens: These are infectious microorganisms that can case illness. Diseases that may arise as a result of these pathogens include hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and human immunodeficiency, among others.
- Chemical and toxic hazards: Workers can be exposed to chemical and toxic threats such as carbon monoxide lead, and asbestos, among others.
- Cleaning chemicals: Employees can be hurt by any number of cleaning chemicals through dermal exposure or inhalation.
- Confined spaces: Janitors and custodians often have to work in tight spaces, which not only presents ergonomic dangers but makes working with chemicals that are much more hazardous because of poor ventilation.
- Control of hazardous energy: According to OSHA, hazardous energy includes energy sources such as electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, or thermal. If someone is servicing any equipment that contains any of these sources, a sudden startup or release of that energy can cause serious injury.
- Electricity: Custodians often have to clean in and around electrical equipment or power sources, putting themselves at risk of shock injuries.
- Ergonomics: Outdated or poorly maintained cleaning equipment present ergonomic challenges for custodial workers and janitorial safety as a whole, which can lead to repetitive motion and back injuries.
- Slips and falls: Any time an employee is working with liquid cleaners and/or water, there is an increased risk of a slip and fall injury.
Do You Need to File a Workers’ Comp Claim?
If you are a janitorial worker or custodian who has been hurt while on the job, it is not incumbent upon you to prove anyone was at fault. A workers’ compensation lawyer can help you make sense of the various factors that figure into your claim. We can also assist you in:
- Receiving quality medical care and treatment
- Securing reimbursement for any expenses incurred during your injury
- Applying for any Social Security benefits you may qualify for
- Receive fair compensation for your injuries
- Evaluating any third-party claims and personal injury lawsuits
Contact a Burg Simpson Workers’ Comp Attorney Today
Don’t wait to find out what your workers’ compensation options are. If your janitorial safety is being risked in any way, Burg Simpson offers a fee, no-obligation consultation with a workers’ compensation attorney who can help you understand your rights and what options are available to you.
Call us now at (866) 649-8734 or fill out our FREE case evaluation form to get started.