Here in Anchorage, Alaska, tourism is one of the top industries. As someone who cleans and organizes hotel rooms, you play a vital role in our economy. Your job is a factor in ensuring visitors have a pleasant time while staying here.
But while your work is commendable, it can be easy to overlook the dangers that come with it. Did you know hotel cleaners have a 50 percent higher injury rate in comparison to other hotel workers? This statistic may be surprising, but it makes sense when you consider the hazards you encounter every day. These are a few ways you can experience harm as a hospitality housekeeper.
1. Musculoskeletal injuries
Cleaning hotel rooms for hours is strenuous labor. Some exhausting tasks you may carry out include the following:
- Lifting heavy mattresses
- Pushing heavy carts
- Scrubbing bathroom surfaces
These activities can cause injury to your muscles, tendons, bones and nerves. Due to arduous and repetitive tasks, you may develop injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, back injuries or chronic pain.
2. Slip, trip and fall accidents
Hotels are full of hazardous situations that may result in a slip or trip. You may slip while cleaning showers, bathroom floors or bathtubs. There may be clutter in hallways or closets that cause you to trip. Poor lighting in certain areas can also cause you to lose your footing. In addition, the necessity of working at a fast pace may put you at a higher risk of slipping, tripping and falling.
3. Illnesses and diseases
Working in a hotel can expose you to a variety of bacteria, germs and pathogens. You may encounter bloodborne pathogens in fluids, body waste and harmful chemicals. This can cause you to develop infections, respiratory illnesses and other medical conditions.
If you sustain an injury or medical condition because of your work, you may need to take time away from work and pay medical bills. Make sure you seek compensation for any workplace injury.