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hi just after some advice, i work in a care home and i am currently 17weeks pregnant. ive only just returned from my last maternity leave in april and i can tell some people arnt happy about it but i …
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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
hi just after some advice, i work in a care home and i am currently 17weeks pregnant. ive only just returned from my last maternity leave in april and i can tell some people arnt happy about it but i dont care. anyway its a 37 bed home split on 2floors, each morning the ensuites in the rooms have to be cleaned which means carrying a mop bucket with water in to each room, its not the cleaning that bothers me its the carrying the bucket as its heavy with water in, my partner says i should say im not doing it which i kind of want to, as each day i get home after doing it my back aches. do you think it would be acceptable to say i no longer want to do it or should i just get on with it lol
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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
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banned#1
get a mop bucket with wheel on, and get mopping

http://www.cherokeesupplyga.com/images/product/109/1_Mop_Bucket_Pic_thumb.jpg
#2
jubbyme
get a mop bucket with wheel on, and get mopping


if it was up to me i would, they have just ordered new buckets which come yesterday but are just the normal ones, im not trying to get out of work as work hard.
#3
In order to protect your unborn child you should stop doing it, can swop a different job with someone else, so they do the floors and you do someone else or even if you just asked for someone to carry the bucket upstairs for you, they c'ant complain at that, anyway congratulations
banned#4
seriously, does sound like you want to work, but of course lifting stuff around isnt good, must be someone else who can do the heavy stuff?
was trying to have a laugh, wasn't being sexist
banned#5
put less water in bucket
#6
surfbunny
In order to protect your unborn child you should stop doing it, can swop a different job with someone else, so they do the floors and you do someone else or even if you just asked for someone to carry the bucket upstairs for you, they c'ant complain at that, anyway congratulations


i think they are being funny with me as when i was pregnant last year i didnt find out till i was 24weeks pregnant so i had been doing my work as normal etc and this time i found out early and said right away im not lifting anyone so i think they think that as i did it last time i should do it this time. as ive heard certain people have been calling me lazy which im not. its so annoying.
#7
sassie
put less water in bucket


I was going to say that. Op you need a risk assesment though really they should do one at work.

Have you got any other kids, how do you cope at home?

I am 17 weeks and lifting my kids is the hard bit.
banned#8
tinkerbell28
I was going to say that. Op you need a risk assesment though really they should do one at work.

Have you got any other kids, how do you cope at home?

I am 17 weeks and lifting my kids is the hard bit.


I think lifting resdents is a no-no but a bleeding mop bucket, i mean come on

when i was pregnant with my 1st i was caring for the elderly and carried on with normal duties (apart from lifting residents), with my second i worked in the kitchen and again carried on normal dutes, (apart from lifting and emptying the massive pans), i didnt work with my little guy, but with the other two i did leave work at 30 ish weeks because of the heavy work load
#9
tinkerbell28
I was going to say that. Op you need a risk assesment though really they should do one at work.

Have you got any other kids, how do you cope at home?

I am 17 weeks and lifting my kids is the hard bit.


ive got a nearly 9month old girl, its not to bad at the moment, god knows what it will be like in the next few months, hopefully not to hard. they never did a risk assesment on me last time, the manager is a waste of space, im going to speak to the new matron if nothing is done soon.
#10
it depends how heavy the bucket is to whether you should be lifting it

i don't remember the weights, but if it's excessively heavy then you shouldn't be expected to

Why not suggest to your boss that you swap with someone else or get a bucket with wheels or such? Suggesting can't hurt right? ^_^
#11
close your legs !!
#12
sassie
I think lifting resdents is a no-no but a bleeding mop bucket, i mean come on

wqhen i was 1st with my 1st i was caring for the elderly and carried on with normal duties, with my second i worked in the kitchen and again carried on normal dutes, apart from lifting and emptying the massive pans, i didnt work with my little guy, but with the other two i did leave work at 30 ish weeks because of the heavy work load


Yeah that's what I meant, lifting patients obv out, but a mop bucket you can half fill it. I suppose I take it for granted as I have a lot of lifting to do at home with older kids and I can't get out of it ifyswim so probably not the most sympathetic to ask, you just knuckle down.

Nowadays op though they have to do a risk assesment for you, so ask.
#13
[QUOTE=sassie]I think lifting resdents is a no-no but a bleeding mop bucket, i mean come on

when i was pregnant with my 1st i was caring for the elderly and carried on with normal duties (apart from lifting residents), with my second i worked in the kitchen and again carried on normal dutes, (apart from lifting and emptying the massive pans), i didnt work with my little guy, but with the other two i did leave work at 30 ish weeks because of the heavy work load[/QUOT


i find my back aches, carrying it to 17 rooms is different to just mopping one floor. im not trying to get out of doing work i just dont want an achy back when i have to come home and look after my daughter as then it will make things harder.
#14
Ask for a risk assesment.
banned#15
pink-ka


i find my back aches, carrying it to 17 rooms is different to just mopping one floor. im not trying to get out of doing work i just dont want an achy back when i have to come home and look after my daughter as then it will make things harder.


yes i am sure it does, your 17 weeks pregnant after just having a baby so you aint going to be the strongest, but working in a residential home is hard work whatever your duties
#16
tinkerbell28
Ask for a risk assesment.


im going to see the marton tomorrow and see if she will do it.
banned#17
solved:

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#18
By law the company you work for should be doing risk assessments. I am 34 weeks preg with my 2nd baby. I understand the pain your feeling, its not hard being on your feet all day then going home to care for another young one.
Luckily ive had no problems with my employer this time. My boss has been absolutely fantastic, making sure i take regular breaks, not on my feet all day etc.

If i was you i would just make sure your employer is aware of the health and safety checks that they should be doing, if not to cover there own backs. employers are meant to give pregnant employers a suitable place to rest too if they are tired. If people are calling you lazy then this needs to be reported as it is discrimination. They can get into alot of trouble for it. I will dig out my notes on the risk assessments parts and private message you in the next few days, thought im sure all the info will be on the directgov website or other similar sites.

Maybe just go and talk to you boss tommorrow explain to him that you are finding it difficult with the work load, therefor could some buckets with wheels be ordered /could you just stick to one floor or can someone be available to carry the heavy buckets up stairs and that for you. You should not be doing any heavy lifting regardless.

If you feel they are still discriminating against you then you need to ring acas for advice. Once they know your dealing with them they havent got a leg to stand on with you being pregnant, so they should back down a little bit
#19
shell1986
By law the company you work for should be doing risk assessments. I am 34 weeks preg with my 2nd baby. I understand the pain your feeling, its not hard being on your feet all day then going home to care for another young one.
Luckily ive had no problems with my employer this time. My boss has been absolutely fantastic, making sure i take regular breaks, not on my feet all day etc.

If i was you i would just make sure your employer is aware of the health and safety checks that they should be doing, if not to cover there own backs. employers are meant to give pregnant employers a suitable place to rest too if they are tired. If people are calling you lazy then this needs to be reported as it is discrimination. They can get into alot of trouble for it. I will dig out my notes on the risk assessments parts and private message you in the next few days, thought im sure all the info will be on the directgov website or other similar sites.

Maybe just go and talk to you boss tommorrow explain to him that you are finding it difficult with the work load, therefor could some buckets with wheels be ordered /could you just stick to one floor or can someone be available to carry the heavy buckets up stairs and that for you. You should not be doing any heavy lifting regardless.

If you feel they are still discriminating against you then you need to ring acas for advice. Once they know your dealing with them they havent got a leg to stand on with you being pregnant, so they should back down a little bit


thanks, it just annoys me people saying im lazy when the people saying it ARE actually lazy. i prob do more work even though im pregnant. im a quiet person so they think i wont say anything but ive decided im not going to let them take the mick, they sit on the bums while i run round, the main person is up the bosses backside so i doubt she would say anything to her. i dont like causing hassle just like to go do my job and come home.
#20
Well dont let them take you for granted just because you are quiet. All you need to remember is you are pregnant and have all the rights you can think of. Use it to your advantage. Like i said theres plenty of helplines you can call that will give you advice if you are unfairly treated. You can even take a day off sick and just say its 'pregnancy related' and they cant discriminate you. (just to clarify i havent done this lol)
If you need anymore advice just pm me :) Id be happy to help.
#21
This is why there cannot be equality in the work place. No offence OP, in fact i'm sure you work harder than most if not all men in the same proffession but if you cannot do the job then you cannot do the job. (cannot and should not are interchangable)

Not even mentioning the paid time off, which includes the company having to hire a suitable replacement and pay them. I have alot of sympathy for mums to be but Also for small and medium size businesses which have to pay for this. Is it any wonder our economy is on its proverbial?
#22
Im not entirely sure what all maternity rights are with regards to pay etc but i work for a big company and have done for about 8/9 years, been paying tax and NI since i was 16. In both of my pregnancies i have took a total of 1 hr paid off work to attend an attenatal appointment and part of that wsa during my lunchbreak, every other time i have made sure i have swapped days off to suit the companies needs as i feel that most of the time you can work your appointments for time off etc.
I can understand what you mean about small businesses but im pretty sure that the government pays for maternity leave for employers, leaving the employer to be able to use that spare cash for recruitment.???
#23
lufc_ginge
This is why there cannot be equality in the work place. No offence OP, in fact i'm sure you work harder than most if not all men in the same proffession but if you cannot do the job then you cannot do the job. (cannot and should not are interchangable)

Not even mentioning the paid time off, which includes the company having to hire a suitable replacement and pay them. I have alot of sympathy for mums to be but Also for small and medium size businesses which have to pay for this. Is it any wonder our economy is on its proverbial?


Wow, someone should send him a PM telling him Queen Victoria is no longer our monarch

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