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Injuries in the hospitality industry

On Behalf of | Mar 1, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

In the hospitality industry, workers face many potential hazards that can lead to minor and severe injuries. This sector includes hotels, restaurants, resorts and similar establishments. It requires employees to perform various duties, each of which can be risky in its own way.

Understanding these hospitality hazards is crucial so these hard workers can more effectively safeguard their interests and enjoy a safer working environment.

Physical hazards

One of the most common risk categories in the hospitality industry involves physical hazards. Employees are frequently required to lift heavy objects, such as luggage, furniture or large stock deliveries. This can lead to musculoskeletal injuries including strains and sprains. Slip and fall accidents are also prevalent, especially in kitchens and bathrooms, where floors may become slippery. Cuts and lacerations are common among kitchen staff due to the handling of sharp objects like knives and glassware.

Chemical hazards

Cleaning staff often use powerful cleaning agents and solvents that can cause skin irritations, respiratory issues or even more severe health problems if handled improperly. Additionally, kitchen staff might be exposed to cooking fumes and vapors that can aggravate or lead to respiratory conditions.

Biological hazards

Biological hazards include exposure to bacteria, viruses and other pathogens that can cause illness. This is particularly relevant in the kitchen and food preparation areas, where improper food handling can lead to foodborne illnesses. Housekeeping staff may also be exposed to biological hazards when cleaning rooms, including bodily fluids.

Hospitality workers who suffer from injuries caused by on-the-job incidents should get medical care right away. Workers’ compensation coverage should cover these expenses, and it may also provide other benefits. Unfortunately, workers don’t always receive these benefits as they should. Some may have to appeal an incorrect decision. Therefore, it can be helpful to seek legal guidance proactively, in order to better ensure the success of a claim from the start.

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