Providing a great experience for guests is the goal of every hotel, but doing so is a team effort. In fact, a lot of people are responsible for a hotel guest’s smile – from the employees that are passed in the hallway to those that come and tidy up the rooms on a daily basis. Many of these employees can feel the work they do right down to their bones and joints. This is because musculoskeletal injuries in hotel employees is common, particularly among housekeepers.
Injury risk factors for hotel workers include, but are not limited to:
As a risk manager, it is important to know that there are things that can be done to prevent and/or contain injuries for hotel employees, including:
Work Practice Controls/Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Reducing Work Place Injury
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, work injuries and illnesses average 5.8 for every 100 full-time hotel workers, compared to 4.4 for private industry as a whole.2 Athletico can help reduce these risks. Call 888-8-WORK4U to ask for a Needs Assessment to ensure your guests continue to have a nice stay.
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1. Buchanan, Susan, Pamela Vossenas, Niklas Krause, Joan Moriarty, Eric Frumin, Jo Anna M. Shimek, Franklin Mirer, Peter Orris, and Laura Punnett. “Occupational Injury Disparities in the US Hotel Industry.” American Journal of Industrial Medicine 53.2 (2010): 116-25. Web.
2. US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016): Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Requiring Days Away From Work 2015. Available at: www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/osh2.pdf.