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Workers’ Compensation for Sanitation Workers During COVID-19


The COVID-19 pandemic continues to sweep the nation and cause disruptions in the workforce. For those who work on the front lines to keep our communities healthy and to help flatten the curve of the virus, the concern for Workers’ Compensation claims is at an all-time high. Janitorial workers who are keeping facilities clean and sanitary are at a high risk for work-related injuries and illness.

All employers are expected to provide Workers’ Compensation to their employees. This insurance covers medical bills if a worker is injured or suffers from an occupational illness. Workers’ Compensation also ensures that a worker is still getting paid while on leave from a workplace accident or occupational illness.

COVID-19 Risks for Sanitation Workers

Sanitation demands have increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To keep people safe from contracting the virus, sanitation workers are remarkably busy with work requests and hygiene demands. Since these workers could possibly be in direct contact with the virus, they are at risk of contracting this highly contagious, potentially deadly disease. Workers are not being provided with adequate protective equipment or training during these unprecedented times, which puts workers at an even higher risk for contacting COVID-19.

Workers’ Compensation Coverage for Sanitation Workers

Sanitation workers are at risk for slip and fall injuries, traumatic brain injuries, or other detrimental grievances that can put them out of work. During the pandemic, workers are also at risk of contracting the virus and becoming sick. It is important that these workers are covered under Workers’ Compensation. Compensation coverage for sanitation workers includes:

  • Injury and illness expenses: When an employee suffers an injury on the job, Workers’ Compensation covers medical costs, medication and rehabilitation costs, partial lost wages, and death benefits.
  • Injury lawsuits: Employers’ liability insurance protects business owners if an employee suffers a work injury, which is normally included in Workers’ Compensation insurance and covers attorney fees, court costs, settlements, and witness fees.
  • Compliance with state laws and regulations: All states have different Workers’ Compensation laws for employers to follow.

How to Lower Risks for Employees

Safety is of utmost importance in the workplace, and employers need to enforce proper safety rules and precautions to minimize accidents. To help reduce injuries, companies should provide safety training and protective equipment for all employees. Seminars and training sessions should be easily accessible and offered frequently to ensure that employees understand all safety regulations.

Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Gross & Kenny, LLP Help Injured Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sanitation workers are in high demand during the current health crisis. If you were exposed to COVID-19 at work and need help obtaining benefits, contact one of our Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Gross & Kenny, LLP for help. Our legal team will work with you to ensure that your rights are protected. Call us at 215-512-1500 or complete our online form for a free consultation. Located in Philadelphia, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania.

A Message to Our Clients About Coronavirus COVID-19:
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A Message to Our Clients About Coronavirus COVID-19:

At Gross & Kenny, LLP we view the safety and well-being of our clients, staff and business partners as our highest priority.

The situation regarding the COVID-19 virus is continually changing, and we are following all recommended guidelines to stay healthy.

Currently, our law firm is remaining open to serve your legal needs. If you were working light duty or modified duty as a result of a work injury in Pennsylvania and were recently laid off or terminated from your job due to the Coronavirus you may be entitled to weekly workers' compensation checks for lost wages moving forward. Contact us to find out . We are open and ready to assist.

We are happy to arrange for phone or video consultations should you have any concerns about keeping your scheduled appointments with us. We are also able to exchange documents via secure drives or email.

Should you have any concerns regarding an upcoming meeting with us, please contact us online or call (215) 512-1500.

We are continuing to fight on behalf of our clients and that we are all able to handle things even if mandated by the government that we work remotely.

Thank you and take care.