Few workers are as vital to our economy yet as underappreciated as custodians and janitorial workers, who work for an average annual salary of around $22,000. These employees quietly do their job in a variety of places, whether it is an educational institution, a hospital or urgent care center, a child care facility, food service establishments, or an office building, just to name a few. If you are a janitorial worker who has suffered a workplace accident that has caused you to miss work, do not wait to get in touch with a professional who can help you evaluate your workers’ compensation claim.
Because of the nature of the job – and the late night or early morning hours of operation – janitorial workers and custodians face a host of unique workplace threats. They are frequently exposed to hazardous chemicals, handle noxious cleaning equipment, while performing repetitive tasks that can quickly lead to an injury.
If you are a custodian who has been hurt at work, Wyoming workers’ compensation law is there to help you. But it can be a discouraging process to navigate without experienced legalhelp. Do not jeopardize your chance at the compensation deserve. Contact the work-related injury lawyers at Burg Simpson’s Wyoming office. Call us today at 307-527-7891 or fill out our Free Case Evaluation form now.
COMMON WORKPLACE RISKS CUSTODIANS FACE
Some of the most common risks that janitorial workers and custodians face include:
- Blood borne pathogens: These are infectious microorganisms that can make any employee ill. Custodians are exposed to these pathogens more often than most workers, which naturally puts them at greater risk for diseases such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV, to name a few.
- Chemical and toxic hazards: Janitorial workers are frequently exposed to toxic chemicals such as carbon monoxide, lead, and asbestos, among others.
- Cleaning chemicals: Custodians handle cleaning chemicals on a daily basis. But those same chemicals can also hurt them, whether it is through dermal exposure or inhalation.
- Confined spaces: Janitors and custodians often have to operate in cramped spaces, which lead to strains and sprained because of the uncomfortable body position and the repetitive tasks that are involved.
- Electricity: Janitorial workers often have to clean in and around electrical equipment or power sources, putting themselves at risk of electrical shock or arc burns.
- Slips and falls: While all workers run the risk of slipping, tripping and/or falling while on the job, custodians frequently work with spills and liquid cleaners, so there is naturally a greater risk of a slip-and-fall injury.
If you are a custodian or a janitorial worker who has been hurt at work, reach out to the workers’ compensation lawyers at Burg Simpson in Wyoming by calling 307-527-7891.
BURG SIMPSON KNOWS WYOMING WORKERS’ COMPENSATION
Wyoming’s workers’ compensation laws are complex, and they contain many technicalities and require potential claimants to follow set procedures and rules in adherence to strict deadlines. All too often, injured employees are left to face the daunting prospect of dealing with their employer’s insurance company, which is not looking out for your best interests. Fill out our Free Case Evaluation Form Here or call our Cody office of Burg Simpson at 307-527-7891.