Experienced Massachusetts Custodian and Janitor Accident Attorneys
Custodial workers play a critical but often under-acknowledged role in maintaining hotels, offices, shopping centers, and many other locations. These workers help to clean, disinfect, maintain, and repair the environments in which we spend our lives.
Due to the nature of their work, many custodial workers face unusually high risks of illness and injury. The Bureau of labor Statistics even reports that individuals engaged in cleaning and janitorial professions face 50,000 injuries each year, which makes the profession the 16th most dangerous in the United States.
If you are a custodial worker who was injured on the job, you are likely facing numerous unforeseen obstacles including hefty medical bills and lost wages. Fortunately, our work injury lawyers have helped many workers injured on the job obtain fair compensation for their injuries.
Typical Injuries Faced by Custodial Workers
Custodial workers face a large number of injuries each day on the job, but some of the most common risks faced include the following:
- Electrical shock. Many custodial workers deal with electrical equipment including floor buffers, power tools, and vacuum cleaners. While using these objects, workers are at significant risk of being shocked, particularly when the equipment is used around spills.
- Ergonomic injuries. Many custodial workers experience back and shoulder injuries. One of the reasons for many of these accidents is that custodial workers frequently engage in repetitive motions.
- Exposure to bloodborne pathogens. Custodial workers are often required to clean things that carry infectious diseases. Unfortunately, many workers are not properly trained in how to handle these materials safely and are also not given adequate safety gear by employers. Some of the diseases to which custodial workers can be exposed included Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) and Human Immune Deficiency Virus (HIV).
- Exposure to hazardous chemicals. Many custodial workers use strong chemicals, which can damage a person’s internal organs if adequate safety gear is not worn or if the chemicals are improperly handled. Other chemicals including floor strippers and solutions can burn a worker’s skin or cause rashes. Regulations created by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration also require these hazardous chemicals to be properly contained and stored because failure to do so can expose workers as well as others to deadly substances.
- Falls. Many janitors and other custodial workers are depended on to keep surfaces safe from becoming fall or trip hazards for others. When workers maintain icy, slippery, or wet floors, however, there is a risk that workers will fall while maintaining these surfaces. While employers are required to provide workers with adequate footwear to prevent these accidents, they do not always do so.
Contact a Massachusetts Custodian Injuries Accident Attorney
If you are a janitor, housekeeper, or another type of custodial worker who was injured on the job, you likely are now facing many complications including serious injuries and lost wages. Fortunately, our workers’ compensation lawyers have helped many workers injured while on the job. Contact our law office today to schedule a free case evaluation. We know what your rights are, and will remain committed to fighting for the best possible conclusion to your case.
We offer a free, no-obligation legal consultation to help you understand your rights and the value of your case.
Our worker’s injury lawyers assist clients throughout all of Massachusetts including, but not limited to, those in the following counties, cities and towns: Plymouth County, Brockton, Plymouth, Bridgewater, Marshfield, Hingham, Duxbury, Wareham, Abington, Rockland, Whitman, Hanson, Holbrook, Middleborough; Norfolk County including Quincy, Stoughton, Dedham, Weymouth, Braintree, Avon, Holbrook, Randolph, Canton, Sharon, Brookline, Franklin; Bristol County including New Bedford, Fall River, Taunton, Attleboro, Westport, Dartmouth, Mansfield, Easton, Raynham, Lakeville, Norton; Cape Cod, Hyannis, Falmouth, Barnstable and the Greater Boston area including Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Everett, Lawrence, Lynn, Revere, Dorchester, Roxbury.