In 2014, there were more than 56,000 people employed in the cleaning profession in the Philadelphia area.
Although it may not seem as if the cleaning industry is dangerous, there have been many janitors and cleaning personnel who have suffered a workplace injury while performing their duties. After being injured at work, you may not know where to turn or what you should do.
If you’ve been injured on the job, it is imperative you speak with our cleaning professionals work injury attorneys in Pennsylvania.
Some of the most common cleaning industry injuries are to the elbows, shoulders, ankles, knees, wrist, hands and fingers due to the use of equipment that vibrates or bending and twisting in such a way that the body becomes off-balance or stressed.
Cleaning professionals may have to work in extreme temperatures which can lead to injury as well. Sprains are also common as cleaning professionals must lift heavy items while cleaning. Skin reactions from repeated use of cleaning chemicals may also develop. It is also possible for cleaning professionals to suffer allergic reactions from chemicals as well. Cuts and abrasions are also possible among cleaning professionals as well. Some of these may be severe enough to file a workers’ compensation claim.
• Allergies, asthma and infections caused by exposure to toxic chemicals
• Asbestos exposure
• Back injuries
• Musculoskeletal disorders
• Repetitive stress injuries
• Slip-and-fall injuries
• Trip-and-fall injuries
Lifting heavy furniture or storage boxes while cleaning is one of the most common causes of injury to cleaning professionals. Because cleaning requires many repetitive movements, those actions could lead to repetitive movement injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Failure to follow safety precautions or not being provided information on proper safety precautions are another common cause of injury to cleaning professionals. Not using gloves or other protection may lead to significant injuries that could become severe.
In Philadelphia and other areas of Pennsylvania, your employer is required to provide workers’ comp coverage, either by self-insuring or purchasing coverage from an insurance company. However, you may be eligible to file a third-party claim against someone other than your employer. If you are working as a contracted cleaning professional, you may be able to file a claim against the actual owner of the building rather than the agency for which you work.
In Pennsylvania, a workers’ compensation claim is designed to cover your lost wages due to the injury and any medical bills. If you or a loved one has been injured in a workplace injury while acting as a cleaning professional, or if a loved one has died of such injuries, contact Lundy Law today to learn what rights you may have.
Lundy Law will guide you through the process and determine whether you may be eligible for additional compensation. Arrange your free consultation with our easy online form or give us a call at 1-800-Lundy Law.