People who earn their living as housekeeping cleaners and maids work in a variety of industries. Some jobs carry more risks than others. Those who work in hospitals and other care facilities like nursing homes can face different potential dangers than those who work in office buildings and hotels, for example.
However, no matter what type of property you’re cleaning, it can be physically strenuous work. Employers have an obligation to provide the appropriate equipment and protective gear and to minimize exposure to toxic substances. Here we’ll discuss some of the most common types of injuries suffered by people in this profession
Repetitive strain injuries (RSIs)
While this type of injury is often associated with performing the same movement for hours on end, it can also result from continuously having to do things like lifting, bending, scrubbing and reaching to clean high surfaces. Housekeeping employees often suffer muscle injuries, including serious back injuries, as well as injuries to their joints.
Slip-and-fall injuries can be a particular danger, as people in this line of work are typically the ones required to clean spills. They’re often walking on slick surfaces as they clean floors. Trip-and-fall accidents can also occur – particularly among hotel employees who are cleaning rooms where guests may have left shoes, towels, trash and luggage strewn on the floor.
Exposure to chemicals
Just about every housekeeping employee is exposed to strong cleaning products that can cause skin, eye and breathing issues. Those who work in medical settings can also be exposed to used needles, trash containing blood and other bodily fluids and other potentially dangerous items that can spread disease when not properly disposed of.
Employers have a duty to those in this line of work to do everything possible to reduce needless dangers from overexertion by providing proper equipment. They also have a responsibility to provide the necessary protective gear as well as safety training.
However, if you or a loved one has suffered a work-related injury or illness, it’s crucial to understand your right to seek workers’ compensation to help you get the medical care you need and take the time off required to recuperate without suffering financial hardship. If you’re having difficulty getting the compensation you’re owed, you might benefit from legal guidance.