October 2nd is National Custodial Worker’s Recognition Day. The day is set aside to recognize the men and women who work hard to keep our public facilities in tip-top shape. Custodians act as out first line of defense against germs and often work behind the scenes to ensure clean schools, workplaces, and other public spaces for all. Hard working individuals who serve as custodians deserve the public’s thanks today and always!
In addition to keeping buildings clean and well maintained, custodians contribute to critical first impressions and the success of any business by keeping spaces clean and polished. Schools, hospitals, office buildings, stores, and more look organized and tidy due to the efficient work of custodial workers. Often working odd hours for low pay, custodians are dedicated to ensuring the spaces they work for remain clean so that businesses can focus on their other priorities.
While you might think of custodians as the friendly face who mops the floor or takes out the trash, their job has much more depth to it. Often, custodial workers work on or around others maintaining infrastructure and machinery that contain asbestos such as boilers, floor tiling, or bathroom fixtures. Additionally, in old buildings, such as schools, where asbestos-containing products may not be maintained correctly, those cleaning the dust and debris are at risk for asbestos exposure.
Serling & Abramson, P.C. is proud to have represented over 300 school districts in the state of Michigan in a class-action lawsuit against numerous asbestos manufacturers and suppliers. The suit resulted in a recovery of over $120,000,000 to aid schools in safely removing asbestos products from over 2,000 school buildings resulting in protection for custodians and building inhabitants across the state.