Janitors and cleaners often put their safety on the line. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that tens of thousands of workers in the janitorial services industry in California and other states suffer workplace injuries every year. However, safety authorities say most injuries are preventable by taking necessary safety precautions. Although employers are responsible for the health and safety of employees, janitorial staff often work off site, putting the burden of safety on themselves.
Janitors work in various environments, some of which are more dangerous than others. The most hazardous workplaces for janitors include construction sites, waste management facilities, warehouses and medical offices. Although offices pose fewer risks, a slip-and-fall accident can cause serious injuries. It is crucial for janitors to be alert and continuously be on the lookout for potential hazards.
BLS data indicates that most injuries in this industry are caused by slick surfaces, strong chemicals, heavy equipment, and musculoskeletal injuries caused by ergonomic stress. Furthermore, slips, trips and falls cause many injuries, and lifting, pushing, pulling and repetitive motions also pose injury risks. Workers should not lose sight of other less obvious hazards. Identifying the risks posed by different environments is crucial.
Janitorial service workers who are victims of workplace injuries have the same right to compensation as employees in other industries in California. The benefits typically cover medical bills and lost wages. Injured workers are free to seek the support and guidance of an experienced California workers' compensation attorney. The lawyer can navigate the claims process and work to secure maximum allowed benefits under applicable laws.