As bleak as death is, it’s ultimately just another part of life. And because death has a tendency to strike anyone at any given time, it doesn’t tend to happen under ideal circumstances. In other words, not every death can be due to natural causes in a warm hospital bed after living a long, full life.
Sometimes, death occurs in the most inconvenient, unfortunate situations imaginable. Luckily, when that’s the case, there’s an entire industry comprised of companies who are enlisted specifically to come and clean it all up. They’re called crime scene cleaners, and their job is more advanced than you probably think.
Not every crime scene was the site of an actual crime.
Anytime a dead body is discovered, the police must be called in order to determine whether or not a crime has been committed. Obviously homicides are crimes, but suicides and accidents typically aren’t. Until police and investigators can fully determine what exactly happened to cause the death, the site is ruled a crime scene. That’s why clean up crews are often called CST decon specialists, or crime and trauma scene decontamination specialists.
Crime scene technicians are often called “second responders.”
After the police and paramedics have attended to the site, the real crime scene clean up jobs can begin. Decked out in protective gear from head to toe — including full suits designed for one-time use, gloves, chemical-proof boots and respirators — they go to work, removing all traces of the crime or trauma with high-strength cleaning materials. Each technician is also instructed to collect bio-hazardous particles in large tubs and plastic containers as well.
Some hazards aren’t related to humans or living beings at all.
Sometimes, a crime scene technician will be called into cleanup duty at the site of a chemical or drug laboratory explosion. Locations like this present an entirely different set of risks for contamination, especially when it comes to airborne poisonous gases and other deadly fumes. Add the oppressive summer heat or unforgiving winter cold into the mix, and it quickly becomes a taxing, laborious job. But, as they say, somebody’s gotta do it.
They help a family through a particularly difficult time.
No one wants to have to think about the messiness of death occurring right in their own home, but occasionally, it does. In most situations, these families aren’t simply going to move out after it happens, which is why aftermath crime scene technicians’ jobs are so important. They effectively remove all traces of the trauma, allowing families to begin to move on through the grieving process. Though their lives will never be the same, they’re certainly made easier knowing that their home can undergo remediation to return to its state before the incident.