Workers Compensation for Injured Janitorial Employees in Virginia
We rely on janitors, custodians, and building cleaners to keep our offices clean, organized, and in good condition. Without janitors, many businesses and government offices could not function properly.
We serve as Virginia workers compensation attorney for janitors, custodians, and building cleaners across the state. We’ll do everything we can to help you pursue the Virginia workers’ compensation benefits and personal injury lawsuit damages you deserve when you’re hurt on the job.
If you are a janitorial or custodial employee who has sustained a job-related injury or contracted an occupational disease, call us at (804) 251-1620 or (757) 810-5614, or complete the form to your right, to learn more about your legal rights. Your consultation is free.
What Janitors and Building Cleaners Do
Janitors, custodians, and building cleaners make sure that office buildings, apartments, government offices, doctors’ offices, clinics, hospitals, hotels, motels, retail stores, malls, schools, and other places we visit stay clean, sanitary, and well maintained. Janitors and building cleaners often do the following tasks at work:
- Sweep and mop building floors
- Vacuum building floors
- Lock doors to make sure that buildings are secure
- Clean up spills and other hazardous materials using the appropriate equipment
- Gather trash on the floor and empty trash bins and receptacles
- Wash windows and walls
- Make minor building repairs, such as those involving electrical or plumbing problems
- Notify supervisors when major repairs are necessary to keep the building in order
Some janitors and building cleaners also sweep walkways, remove snow, mow the lawn, and keep the outside and entranceway to the building clean.
Completing these tasks requires tools and cleaning equipment. Janitors often use brooms, mops, floor buffers, rakes, leaf blowers, snowblowers, and shovels.
Where Do Janitors and Building Cleaners Work?
In 2016 there were roughly 2.4 million janitorial and building cleaning jobs in the United States. The largest employers of janitors and building cleaners were:
- Private employers who own buildings and dwellings or who provide cleaning services to buildings and dwellings
- Elementary and secondary schools who hire custodians
- Healthcare facilities
- Government facilities
Most janitors, custodians, and building cleaners work indoors, but some work outdoors during the day or night, sweeping walkways, mowing grass, and shoveling snow and ice.
Workplace Hazards for Janitors and Cleaners
Janitors and cleaners spend most of their work day standing, bending, and lifting. They are rarely off their feet. Often janitors and cleaners must move or lift heavy cleaning supplies or equipment. These activities are hard on the back, shoulders, legs, arms, and neck.
Common workplace risks for janitors and cleaners include:
- Chemical Exposure – Janitors use chemicals to clean and strip floors. These chemicals can burn or harm the skin and eyes if they come in direct contact with the janitor’s body.
- Electrical Accidents – Janitors use electrical equipment, including buffers and power tools, to perform their job duties. This puts them at an increased risk of suffering an electrical shock injury.
- Fall Accidents – Many janitors are injured when they slip and fall on slick surfaces that have just been mopped or that need to be cleaned. We have represented janitors who were injured while shoveling ice on the walkway into the building, as well as janitors who were hurt when they fell from a height or ladder.
- Musculoskeletal Injury – Janitorial work involves lifting, pushing, pulling, and bending. One wrong move can cause an injury to the neck, back, arms, or legs.
The statistics show that the workplace risks for janitors and cleaners are very real.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 42,740 reported cases of injuries and illnesses for janitors and cleaners in 2015. This meant that there were 277 injuries or illnesses for every 10,000 full-time janitors. More than 1/3 of these reported janitorial accidents were due to musculoskeletal disorders.
Janitorial employees who are hurt while performing maintenance or cleaning work on the job in Virginia may qualify for disability benefits and medical care. If a third party, such as an equipment manufacturer, caused your accident and injuries, you may also have a third-party liability claim in Virginia.
Attorney Corey Pollard is here to help janitors and cleaners obtain the workers’ comp benefits they deserve for their workplace injury or occupational illness. We can help you file your workers’ compensation claim, fight a denied workers’ comp claim, present your case at a workers compensation hearing, and negotiate a lump sum Virginia workers compensation settlement. We can also review your case to see if a negligent third party is legally responsible for your damages.
The Lawyer for Injured Janitorial Employees and Cleaners in Virginia
Workplace injury lawyer Corey Pollard is ready to help if you or a loved one has been injured or become sick while employed as a janitor or custodian in Virginia. We know how to build and develop your case under the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act. And we’ll do everything we can to maximize the value of your case.
Learn more by calling, texting, or emailing us today. Help is just a call or click away. We represent injured janitors and cleaners across Virginia, including those in Richmond, Chesterfield, Hanover, Charlottesville, Roanoke, Fairfax, Prince William County, Fredericksburg, Petersburg, Hampton, Williamsburg, Newport News, Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Virginia Beach.