When it comes to occupational injuries, it is not only workers in construction, manufacturing and industries like transportation who are constantly at risk. Hotel room attendants and other workers in the California hospitality industry have daily tasks that cause accumulative damage to their health. Some see musculoskeletal injuries (MSDs) as an unavoidable part of the job.
However, MSDs are serious injuries that could affect victims for the rest of their lives. If you are a hotel room attendant, your daily tasks involve repetitive motions, forceful exertions and working in awkward body postures. Almost every job you do could ultimately leave you with musculoskeletal disorders. Knowing the risks posed by your job might help you take precautions and mitigate hazards.
Pushing overloaded housekeeping carts
Hotel rooms have become more and more comfortable with extra pillows, luxury mattresses and duvets. All this adds to the amount of lifting room attendants have to do. What seems to be a simple task requires you to lift the mattress — a heavy object — with one hand, and hold it up while twisting and bending to tuck the bedlinen under the mattress with the other hand. Depending on the size of the hotel, you will repeat this task multiple times each day.