Custodians have the important task of keeping a business sanitary. They handle jobs like taking the trash out, cleaning surfaces, caring for floors and doing similar tasks. These are all critical jobs that come with daily hazards.
It’s up to the custodian’s employer to ensure that workers have what they need to remain safe on the job, including the proper tools for each task and personal protective equipment. Here are two of the top hazards every custodian has to face:
The cleaning chemicals that these professionals use can cause serious injuries, including burns. If they come into contact with someone’s eyes, the chemicals can cause issues with sight. Some are also hazardous to inhale. Some are even deadly when mixed.
Having safety equipment like goggles, gloves and respirators can help to alleviate these risks – but accidents can still happen even when a worker is well-prepared.
Mopping the floor and working around objects strewn on the floor can lead to trips, slips and falls. A custodian who falls is at risk of all sorts of injuries, including head and spinal cord injuries. Even broken bones and pulled muscles can be detrimental to a person who’s in this active profession.
Any custodian that suffers a work-related injury should be sure they get immediate medical care. Workers’ compensation benefits can cover work-related medical bills and provide partial wage replacement or vocational rehabilitation if you’re unable to return to work.
Unfortunately, not every employee is treated fairly by the system. If your workers’ comp claim has been unjustly denied, find out more about your legal options.