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Cleaning Accidents

Cleaning jobs demand rigorous physical activity and often involve the use of hazardous chemical agents. The work environment can be risky, with cleaners navigating around furniture, handling equipment on stairs, and maintaining electrical appliances like office water dispensers. At McCarthy + Co, we have assisted many cleaning staff who have sustained serious injuries due to their employment, ensuring they receive the fair compensation they deserve.

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Cleaners face numerous hazards in their line of work, leading to a variety of injuries. The personal injury team here at McCarthy + Co has assisted many people employed in cleaning roles to bring compensation claims for:

  • Musculoskeletal injuries – Including strains and sprains from repetitive motions and heavy lifting.
  • Chemical burns and respiratory issues – Helping clients secure compensation following exposure to hazardous cleaning agents.
  • Slip and fall injuries – For example, those occurring on wet or cluttered surfaces.
  • Cuts and abrasions – Including incidents involving the handling of sharp objects or broken glass.
  • Electrical injuries – Sustained by those working with or near electrical equipment.
  • Infections and illnesses – Assisting clients who have come into contact with biohazards or contaminated areas.

If you have sustained an injury similar to one of those listed above, you may have the grounds to bring a personal injury compensation claim.

Negligence by employers of cleaning staff

An employer can be deemed negligent if they fail to provide a safe working environment for their employees. This includes not supplying proper training on the safe handling of chemical agents, inadequate maintenance of equipment, or not enforcing safety protocols that prevent slips, falls, and other workplace hazards. If an employer neglects these responsibilities, they may be held liable for any injuries sustained by their cleaners.

Additionally, employers are required to ensure that their staff has access to appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and that all safety measures are clearly communicated and adhered to. Failure to do so, such as not providing gloves, masks, or safety goggles, or not ensuring that electrical equipment is properly maintained and safe to use, can also be grounds for negligence. If these omissions lead to injury, the employer may be held accountable for their negligence.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Some of the questions we are often asked in relation to this topic.

  • What serious consequences do injured cleaning staff face?

    Injuries sustained by cleaning staff can lead to serious consequences, significantly impacting their health and livelihood. Musculoskeletal injuries may result in chronic pain, limited mobility, and long-term disability, preventing cleaners from performing their duties or other jobs. Chemical burns and respiratory issues from exposure to hazardous substances can cause permanent skin damage, respiratory diseases, and other serious health complications. Slip and fall accidents might lead to severe fractures, head injuries, or spinal damage, requiring extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation. Electrical injuries can result in severe burns, nerve damage, or even fatal electrocution. Infections from biohazards can cause debilitating illnesses, further compromising a cleaner’s health. These injuries not only affect physical well-being but can also lead to significant emotional distress and financial strain due to medical expenses and loss of income, underscoring the importance of workplace safety and proper compensation for affected workers.

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  • What compensation can be sought for these types of injuries?

    Injured cleaning staff can seek compensation for various damages, including medical expenses for treatments, rehabilitation, and ongoing care. They may also claim for lost wages due to their inability to work, as well as compensation for diminished earning capacity if the injury affects their future employment prospects. Additionally, compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of quality of life can be sought.

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  • Do I need a solicitor to bring my claim?

    While it is not mandatory to have a solicitor to bring your claim, having one can significantly increase your chances of success. A solicitor specialising in personal injury law and can navigate the complex legal process, gather necessary evidence, and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf. They ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the maximum compensation possible for your injuries. Additionally, a solicitor can provide valuable advice and support throughout the process, making it less stressful and more manageable. Thus, hiring a solicitor is highly recommended for achieving the best outcome for your claim.

Cleaning accident compensation claims

If you suffered an injury whilst working as a cleaner, and you believe your employer’s negligence contributed to the injury, contact our solicitors today to make a start on your claim. Call us on 1800 390 555 and an experienced member of staff will discuss your situation and potential next steps. You can also email on and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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About McCarthy + Co

With more than 30 years of experience in dealing with personal injury claims, McCarthy + Co. has expertise in a wide variety of fields including accidents in commercial and industrial environments. We are a family-run business, and we pride ourselves on offering honest, impartial and helpful advice.

Our offices are based in Dublin and Cork but we work with clients throughout Ireland in locations ranging from Galway to Waterford. If you have experienced an accident at work, you can rely on us for legal advice, guidance, and assistance through the claims process.

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Beginning his academic journey at UCC, Flor furthered his education with a master’s degree in law from UCD. After gaining valuable experience as a solicitor in Dublin, the allure of home and the family brought him back to West Cork to contribute his expertise to the family business.
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is a seasoned solicitor with almost 20 years of experience, specialises in personal injury and medical negligence claims, focusing particularly on high-value compensation cases. His extensive litigation experience spans Circuit Court, High Court and Supreme Court levels.

John's practice involves a diverse range of cases, from personal injury and wrongful death to property damage, defective products, professional negligence and judicial reviews.
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