Trauma Cleaning Specialist Michael Daniels wakes up at 4AM to a beeper. He’s been asleep for 5 hours, but trauma doesn’t restrict itself to regular business hours. A few minutes to change into his uniform and he’s out the door. His vehicle is spotlessly clean because last night he accidentally touched the hood with blood-covered glove and left a stain — a stain that is legally considered a biohazard by Florida state law and he is obligated to wash his car immediately.
Twenty minutes away from his home, Michael arrives at his destination: a traffic accident on I-10, smack dab in the middle of the Escambia Bay Bridge. 12 cars piled up into the back of a jackknifed trailer, several of them with not only blood trails leading from the vehicle to the nearby ambulances but also with liquids leaking from cracked engine blocks and other shatter car parts. Michael’s job: to make sure that the area is clear of any bio-hazardous liquids or substances so that a team of tow-trucks can remove the wrecked vehicles from the area without risking contamination.
Michael dons his HazMat suit, pressure washer, and cleaning equipment and goes to work. Moving from one car to the next, he cleans out the inside of each vehicle and then cleans the road itself from all liquids. Three other trauma cleanup specialists work alongside him, and in only seventeen minutes, the team gives the go-ahead to the removal crew to haul away the vehicles.
Once the site has been taken care of, Michael cleans himself up by carefully removing and disposing his HazMat suit, gloves, and mask. He heads home before sunrise and waits for the call for another task to be handed to him.
Although this is a fictional story, it is nearly identical to the lives of those who are cleanup specialists for trauma sites, such as those who are members of ServiceMaster Restoration Services. We hope that this can give you a bit of insight into the lives and dedication of trauma cleanup specialists.