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How can cleaning hotel rooms lead to long-term injury?

On Behalf of | Jan 9, 2022 | Workers' Compensation |

The hotel industry provides a vital service for both citizens and visitors to Virginia. On top of this, the sector offers many people a regular source of income. 

Visitors go to enjoy themselves and not face any stress, and there is a lot of work that goes into creating such an environment. Heavy workloads, unsafe conditions and tight deadlines all can cause accidents. Hotel cleaners face a higher risk of an accident than any other employee. Recognizing the most common causes of accidents could help protect workers in the hospitality industry. 

Preparing rooms is not as easy as it seems

The amount of work that goes into preparing rooms for guests is startling. A few staff members are typically responsible for preparing dozens and even hundreds of rooms. Such work typically involves cleaning, preparing linen and making up the beds. These tasks require physical exertion, such as lifting, bending and placing other strains on the body. Carrying out such movements every day presents a risk of ergonomic injuries, which can take a long time to recover from. 

Respiratory problems

Exposure to certain chemicals and toxins can increase the risk of serious injury, especially if they are carcinogenic.

Hotel cleaners are exposed to various cleaning agents and dust particles. These can be harmful when inhaled. Some products are hazardous even when they merely contact the skin, causing severe dermatological conditions that can be extremely painful and even life-altering. 

The hotel industry is vital for the Virginia economy, and employers must look after their staff properly. If you have faced an injury at work, exploring your legal options could bring some form of reparation.