September 21st, 2011

Unlikely to happen round these parts

Posted in The Job - General by 200

Beware the cleaners!

Like most office-based dwellers we have cleaners in every day who do a varying job in tidying up. Some are good and thorough, others  appears to have mastered the art of pushing a duster or a hoover around but not actually achieving much.

Mind you, if it wasn’t for the lazy people who sit at the desks not clearing up after themselves, I guess the cleaners would have a lot less to pretend to clear up.

At the height of the supposed flu pandemic, when every third person was expected to die a horrible death, or something, someone came up with the idea of providing antiseptic wipes for every desk station. Like every budgetary-managed item, we had boxes and boxes of the stuff for the first few months, now, presumably after the tea and medals were awarded for such a fantastic, innovative and money-saving scheme have been long issued, you’re more likely to see Shergar riding Lord Lucan across the HQ car park than being able to de-infect your desktop and keyboard with handily-placed wipes.

This light introduction to today’s entry is actually a lead-in to a serious and sad story from Chicago.

Forty-two year old police officer, Kevin Morgan, a tactical officer with the Chicago PD died in April this year after inhaling noxious fumes from a cleaning substance sprayed onto a desk beside him. The 15-year veteran became ill and started coughing and having difficulty breathing. He was hospitalised and later released after treatment. His illness persisted and doctors were forced to put him into a medically induced coma after his lungs began to shut down.

An autopsy report has stated that his death was due to lung illness from inhaling noxious fumes.

He left behind two teenage children.

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6 comments

  1. Oi says:

    Poor sod.

    Sounds like some shower cleaner SWMBO bought.
    Didnt seem to do a lot for the shower, but I think I got a new set of lungs after the regeneration that must’ve taken take place after I used the noxious stuff.

    September 21st, 2011 at 23:01

  2. Plodnomore says:

    Just a thought for those who ‘hot desk’ – have no set working place but move from desk to desk when a computer becomes vacant – “You’re working in a sh*thole!” Computer work stations can hold more than 400 times more germs than a lavatory seat. Without regular cleaning, telephones can hold over 25,000 microbes per square inch; keyboards more than 3,000 and mice over 1,600. The next time you book on and sit down at your desk, before starting work, lift your keyboard up, turn it over and tap it gently on the desk once or twice. You’ll be surprised what comes out. The average toilet seat, by the way, contains about 50 microbes per square inch – that doesn’t include those seats used by the night turn who have visited that all-night kebab van which parks in the layby down the road!

    September 22nd, 2011 at 08:59

  3. Fee says:

    Know the feeling re the cleaners – ours have been reduced in numbers so far they barely have time to hoover any more. I’d rather spend a couple of quid and buy my own wipes than wait for the cleaners to get around to the desks. We all got new keyboards not that long ago, after getting the union to make an almighty fuss about the state of the old ones, so at least I know it’s only got MY muck on it!

    September 22nd, 2011 at 12:35

  4. Tony F says:

    Keyboards are a sod to clean. Even membrane types don’t survive well. I wonder what was in that cleaner?

    September 22nd, 2011 at 14:45

  5. Blueknight says:

    somebody CS gassed the phone for a joke. It melted

    September 22nd, 2011 at 19:38

  6. Civ_In_The_City says:

    Keep anti-bacterial hand gel nearby (supermarket own brand is cheaper). Rub on hands, and then on keyboard.

    Give yourself a couple of hours of ‘I wish I`d never started this’ by taking your keyboard home, popping off the keys, and washing in soapy water. Just have another keyboard handy, trust me, you will NOT be able to remember which key goes where.

    We`ve got glass windows round our office, can`t remember the last time they were cleaned, it`s getting hard to see out. If my car windscreen was that dirty I`d get a ticket.

    September 23rd, 2011 at 19:02

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