Graveyard Shift Cleaners Workers Comp Injuries Underreported and Often Unpaid


Working the graveyard shift is rarely the stuff of childhood dreams but, no matter what your job is, you deserve a safe, clean working environment. Those employed to work the graveyard shift cleaning in a slaughterhouse have a particularly unpleasant and incredibly challenging job and, if recent figures provide an accurate representation, don’t even have the security of knowing they’ll be treated well if injured on the job. The nature of the work done at a slaughterhouse means the graveyard shift cleaners have some hazardous equipment to tackle, inevitably picking up injuries on the way. Perhaps the only thing worse than being injured on the job and being unable to work is being left without any form of workers compensation when that happens.

The realities of graveyard cleaning shifts

You’ve probably built up an image of what a graveyard cleaning shift in a slaughterhouse may involve, but this probably isn’t quite grim enough to be accurate. In one slaughterhouse, after 3,800 workers spend their day butchering, boxing, and barcoding beef, a team of cleaners comes in at night to wade through the blood, grease, and chunks of flesh produced during the day’s processing, as they disinfect and hose down the plant, ready for the next morning’s first shift to start the cycle all over again. The limited amount of time allowed for this cleaning, and the importance of ensuring all the equipment is thoroughly cleaned, can lead to employees taking risks as they reach in to catch missed bits spotted at the last minute. Without going into any graphic details, some of the injuries resulting from leaning in to wipe down machinery can lead to horrific injuries and even permanent disability. Despite this, many workers compensation claims are being rejected, leaving the injured cleaner with no job, no income, and no financial compensation.

Los Angeles on the job injury attorneys with 40 years’ experience could help

Making a complaint about your workplace, particularly when it involves claiming compensation, can be a daunting prospect. If you’re still able to work, you may be afraid of inviting future mistreatment or being dismissed permanently. If you’re out of work since you’re on the job injury occurred, you may be worried about getting a bad reputation and struggling to find a new employer. With the help of an expert Los Angeles on the job injury attorney, you could put these concerns to the back of your mind and get the workers compensation payout you’re entitled to and deserve.

Some of them on the job injuries lawyer in Los Angeles at the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach has successfully recovered workers compensation benefits for over the past four decades include:

  • Internal injuries
  • Ringing ears
  • Loss of hearing
  • Loss of vision
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Occupational asthma
  • Lung disease
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome

This is just an idea of the on the job injury types an attorney from our team could help you with. To schedule an appointment where we can discuss your case and how best to proceed, call us today at 818-609-7005.

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