Cleaners and Domestic Staff
Cleaning in general is considered a safe vocation but like many other jobs there are inherent dangers associated with it. Injuries in this type of role vary but can include:
- Slips, trips and falls
- Cuts from broken glass
- Burns from equipment
- Electric Shock
Alongside these injuries, cleaners and domestic staff can be exposed to various cleaning solutions and chemicals which have been known to harm your health. Symptoms of harmful exposure include:
- Skin reactions
- Lung damage
In the event of any accident at work we always advise that you seek medical attention first. Make sure your accident is recorded in the accident book if not at the time of accident then as soon as possible afterwards.
The accident book is very important when making a claim for compensation. Although the compensation is not dependent on an entry in the accident book it will certainly help us to present your case with as much evidence as possible.
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Cleaners are often unmasked while working with harmful cleaning chemicals such as bleach, as well as being expected to travel up steps, stairs and around furniture whilst carrying heavy equipment such as hoovers. A large number of cleaners also work to tight schedules and in unclean, hazardous buildings, which increases their risk of injury and illness at work. As an employer of cleaners, it is your duty of care to ensure that your employees are working in safe environments, and are protected to the best of your ability from the harsh, damaging chemicals that they have to handle daily. This can include providing gloves, masks, safety clothing, gloves, etc. Failure to provide the sufficient equipment may be evidence of a failing in your employer’s liability.
Working in old buildings may also expose cleaners to asbestos. Breathing in large doses of asbestos can lead to asbestosis disease, which can have severe impacts on health, quality of life, and in some cases, could even reduce their life expectancy.
Asbestosis is a long-term lung condition, that can cause symptoms including shortness of breath, a continuous cough, wheezing, fatigue, chest pain, and in more advanced cases, swollen fingertips. Victims of asbestosis disease are also likely to obtain more severe illnesses such as pleural disease, mesothelioma, and lung cancer.
Another common cause of injury as a cleaner, is the exposure to sharp, broken glass, syringes and other sharp objects, which can cause cuts and needle stick injuries. This can be very dangerous, as working in unclean conditions, additional to the exposure to harmful chemicals, can cause infection to minor cuts, turning them into rather serious injuries. As a prevention method for this, employers must provide hardwearing cut resistant gloves, in order to minimise the risk of injury at the workplace. Employers who do not comply with health and safety regulations, could be held liable for the injuries of their staff, and could therefore be claimed against by their employees.