The hospitality industry is one of the country’s biggest employers. It can offer both long-term career options and temporary part-time work that students rely on until they can work full time.
While it is a relatively safe and pleasant option compared to many jobs, it can be hard work, and it can also be hazardous to your health. Here are some of the things that could lead to injury:
Lifting and bending
If you work making beds in a hotel, you spend a lot of your time doubled over. That can take a toll on your back, leading to long-term back problems.
Many other roles involve lifting, such as setting out chairs and tables in conference rooms or carrying food in the kitchen.
Cleaning with chemicals
Cleanliness is crucial in the industry. Customers who are unhappy with hygiene standards could go online and leave a bad review. Hence, cleaning staff may be required to use harsh chemicals, which could cause burns if they come into contact with skin or eyes.
If you work in the kitchen, you likely handle knives or machines with sharp cutting blades. Whether cutting with them or washing them up, they could easily cause serious harm to your hands.
Slips and falls
The frequent cleaning of public areas and the movement of liquids, such as soup to a dining room or coffee to a meeting room, could all lead to wet floors, which make it easy to slip.
If you get injured while at work, seek legal help to find out more about claiming workers’ compensation to cover your costs.