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  • 21 Apr 2023 10:19 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Redditors blast $16/hour job where you might have to clean poop

    "That's f*cked up": Redditors blast $16/hour job where you might have to clean poop

    People online are criticizing the pay associated with a job posting for a cleaner who would “agree to clean dog poop, human poop and vomit.”

    A janitorial and building management company’s job posting was shared on Reddit recently. Hundreds of comments from people condemned similar employers paying around minimum wage for employees working with biohazards.

    According to the Alliance Maintenance Ltd. job posting for a full-time building cleaner in Burnaby, BC, the hourly wage is $16.

    While the pay is above the current minimum wage in BC ($15.65), Reddit users criticized the company and others that pay around this range because of the high cost of living in the region. 

    More at source: Daily Hive Canada

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  • 13 Apr 2023 10:13 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Government JANITORIAL Contractors Indicted in San Antonio for Wire Fraud, Money Laundering

    SAN ANTONIO – A federal grand jury in San Antonio returned an indictment last week charging four members of a San Antonio family with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering.

    According to court documents, Kenneth Flores, Christopher Flores, Antonio Flores Jr., and Irma Flores, are alleged to have conspired together to defraud the United States by eliminating competition and fixing contract awards and prices on Army contracts for the housekeeping and janitorial services at Army Hospitals and Medical Centers.  The alleged scheme involved a corrupt partnership between the Floreses and co-conspirator government employees Karisa Waysepappy Kelley and John Jordan “Chip” Mathes, involving millions of dollars in work on Army healthcare housekeeping and janitorial services contracts in return for bribes and kickbacks, eliminating the Flores’ competition in the process.

    The defendants made their initial court appearances Monday, April 10, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Richard B. Farrer of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.

    The four defendants are each charged with one count of conspiracy, one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. If convicted on all charges, they each face a maximum penalty of 45 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

    More at source: Department Of Justice

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  • 04 Apr 2023 9:55 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    US tornadoes: Clean-up begins after at least 32 killed in storms in South and Midwest

    Residents across a wide area of the US raced to assess the destruction from fierce storms that were the possible cause of dozens of tornadoes from the South and the Midwest into the Northeast which killed at least 32 people.

    The storms tore a path through the Arkansas capital and also collapsed the roof of a packed concert venue in Illinois, shocking people throughout the region with the scope of the damage.

    Confirmed or suspected tornadoes in at least eleven states destroyed homes and businesses, splintered trees and laid waste to neighbourhoods across a broad swathe of the country. 

    More at source: New York Times

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  • 30 Mar 2023 1:42 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Janitor trapped for days inside Orange County Courthouse holding cell files lawsuit

    She went without food and her medicine for diabetes.

    She was also forced to drink water from part of a toilet.

    The lawsuit is asking for damages in excess of $50,000.

    More at source: WFTV

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  • 23 Mar 2023 8:13 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Midwest Meat Plant Cleaning Service Fined $1.5M for Hiring Minors

    One of the country’s largest cleaning services for food processing companies employed more than 100 children in dangerous jobs at 13 meatpacking plants across the country, the U.S. Department of Labor said in early March as it announced over $1.5 million in civil penalties.

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    The investigation into Packers Sanitation Services Inc., or PSSI, began last summer. Department officials searched three meatpacking plants owned by JBS USA and Turkey Valley Farms in Nebraska and Minnesota, and found 31 underage workers as young as 13. They also searched PSSI’s headquarters in Kieler, Wisconsin. Underage workers were found at plants in eight states.

    More at source: Insurance Journal

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  • 20 Mar 2023 1:53 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Tennant Company Expands Ride-on Scrubber Portfolio with Introduction of Two New Scrubbers

    Tennant Company (NYSE: TNC), a world leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing solutions to reinvent how the world cleans, today announced the two newest additions to its ride-on scrubber portfolio: the T681 and T981 scrubbers.

    New T681 and T981 Ride-on Scrubbers from Tennant Company. (Photo: Business Wire)

    The T681 is a small ride-on scrubber that’s maneuverable for its size but has larger solution and recovery tanks than our existing models, allowing the machine to be more productive by cleaning more square footage in less time. The T681 features intuitive controls that allow for easy operation in medium to large spaces such as retail stores, hospitals and schools. The T981 is a ride-on scrubber that’s easy to operate and maintain, helping customers meet facilities’ cleaning performance needs with easy-to-choose pre-set programs. The T981 is well suited for cleaning light-to-medium dirt in large spaces such as retail, logistics and light industrial applications.

    “What these new scrubbers really offer are more choices for the right job,” said Pat Schottler, Vice President, Global Marketing at Tennant Company. “Customers today are looking for the right combination of equipment for their facility—and the ideal mix includes size, application, maneuverability and budget. The T681 and T981 are great options for customers who want the known value of the Tennant experience and are looking for high-quality equipment with simple yet effective scrubber technology—all at a competitive price.”

    More at source: Tennant

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  • 16 Mar 2023 1:49 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

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  • 10 Mar 2023 11:39 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    How antimicrobial coatings can help maintain cleanliness

    The ebb and flow of a hospital setting is ceaselessly dynamic, with patients, visitors and staff making up a high volume of foot traffic travelling through corridors daily. It is no surprise that there is widespread exposure to microorganisms in this environment, and it is a constant struggle for healthcare providers to maintain clean conditions to limit the proliferation of bacteria. Regular cleaning is crucial; however, standard disinfectants retain limited residual activity after application, leaving high touch surfaces vulnerable to contamination through direct contact or airborne droplets.  

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    Enhancing hospital cleanliness 

    Antimicrobial coatings, like LapisShield by Microban, work as built-in adjuncts to normal cleaning practices, providing long-lasting protection that does not wear away to surfaces such as hospital curtains, countertops, clipboards and equipment. The active ingredient in this example works by disrupting internal enzymes, blocking metabolic pathways, and creating an inhospitable environment to interrupt bacterial reproduction.  

    More at source: Medical Plastic News

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  • 06 Mar 2023 10:28 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Home Cleaning Services Market Is Expected To Reach a Value of US$ 13.9 Billion by the End of 2033

    Floor Cleaning Services Segment to Generate 34% of the Global Market Revenue in 2023. Growing Demand for Natural Products to Fuel the Market Demand

     (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Home Cleaning Services market is expected to grow at a 6.5% CAGR between 2023 and 2033, according to Fact.MR. By 2033, the global market for these products is expected to reach US$ 13.9 billion. According to Fact MR, a provider of market research and competitive intelligence, the home cleaning service market is rapidly growing and is expected to continue its growth trajectory in the coming years.

    The home cleaning services market is being driven by a combination of demographic, economic, as well as cultural factors. As more people move into cities, the demand for home cleaning services increases. Urban dwellers typically have smaller living spaces, busy lifestyles, and higher disposable incomes, which make them more likely to use cleaning services. Hence, the increased urbanization is one of the major factors that is anticipated to boost the growth of the home cleaning services market over the analysis period.

    More at source: FACT.MR

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  • 03 Mar 2023 9:03 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Her son was brutally murdered in his Columbus apartment, then his friends received a $9,000 bill for cleanup

    COLUMBUS — After Eric Cavanaugh was murdered in the apartment he shared with his best friends, they were left with a $9,000 crime scene clean-up bill.

    It's something Eric's mother says makes no sense.

    “It’s mindboggling, it’s nauseating, it’s infuriating,” said Susanne Cavanaugh, Eric's mother.

    Eric Cavanaugh graduated from Columbus East High School. His mother says he was full of hopes and dreams like any other 19-year-old.

    The teens’ renter’s insurance covered $2,000, the maximum under their policy for “biohazard cleanup.”

    Pictures of the aftermath of the cleanup show the company ripped out blood-stained carpet and cut holes in furniture to remove blood stains.

    More at source: ABC

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