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The Health Hazards of Hotel Housekeeping

The tourism industry is a 24-hour playground of activity for many people visiting the southern coast of Florida. Undoubtedly, hotel housekeepers have their days and nights filled with a high-demand for attentive customer service. The turn-over rate for prepping a room for its next guest is often a narrow window of time. During the rush between check-ins, workers experience a significant amount of physical and mental stress.

The combination of physical and mental output increases the odds of housekeepers experiencing a wide-range of workplace injuries. Hotel housekeepers have reported the highest rate of injuries in the hospitality industry. Unfortunately, many workers also develop serious musculoskeletal damage through years of repetitive stress on certain parts of the body.

Aggravating pre-existing conditions

Housekeepers who start work with a pre-existing medical condition are at the highest risk of experiencing further pain and damage during their time at work. Lower back or knee pain is highly aggravated when bending over, making beds and constantly picking things up. When the body is already damaged in a certain area, it doesn't take much for a person to feel excruciating pain in a labor-heavy job.

Unique dangers

Housekeepers are also exposed to all types of chemical cleaners that can wreak havoc on their breathing and immune system after years and years of exposure. Slippery surfaces, such as mopping, cleaning out the shower tub and stepping on wet towels are uniquely hazardous to housekeepers. The stress is often overwhelming for workers who are trying to meet a high-expectation of cleanliness in a rapid amount of time.

All types of work environments pose a safety threat of some amount. However, the housekeeping industry is among the highest in workplace injuries. When there is a dispute among workers' compensation benefits, legal services can help. Working is intended to help you survive economically, not prevent you from it.

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