Did you know that the hospitality industry employs over 15 million Americans, making it the 5th largest industry in the USA? Lodging, amusement parks, museums, restaurants, bars, and large event venues are a few fields within the hospitality sector. If you or someone you know works in the hospitality industry, it is important to understand the most common accidents, injuries, and how to prevent them.
How To Prevent Accidents in the Hospitality Industry
Read on to learn more about the most common accidents and preventative measures.
Slips, Falls, and Trips
Slips, falls, and trips can occur because of various factors. Cluttered steps, walkways, sidewalks, and other high-traffic areas can become hazardous when filled with items that don’t belong. Greasy or wet floors and low lighting can also be contributors.
There are several ways to prevent these types of injuries.
1. Install slip-resistant rubber mats in wet and/or slippery areas.
Slip-resistant mats can make extra-wet areas safer and more walkable by adding traction to the ground. Poolside walking areas, saunas, underneath kitchen sinks, beverage stations, and inside showers and dressing are areas are all places that could have lots of water on the ground. If you work in an environment that has water and/or other slippery substances on the floor you may want to ask your employer to install slip-resistant walkways or mats. You could encounter a slippery floor if you work inside of an industrial kitchen, in cleaning or housekeeping areas, or water recreation areas.
2. Wear proper slip-resistant shoes in slippery areas.
You can purchase slip-resistant shoes to wear in the same areas you would consider using slip-resistant rubber mats. Slip-resistant shoes usually have more traction than an average sneaker. Their extra tread allows liquid to move out from under your feet instead of sliding your foot along the ground, giving you more traction in the process. Shop around for a pair that delivers for your line of work.
3. Create comprehensive cleaning lists, maintenance checklists, and assign employees to perform non-routine tasks that eliminate other hazards.
Routine and mundane tasks can cause employees to mentally check out. Consider asking your employer to allocate tasks across various people, or add variety to the tasks you already have. Keeping areas clean and maintained can also help eliminate risks for accidents.
Injury From Unsafe Lifting
Unsafe lifting could lead to serious injury. Studies show many cases with improper lifting using your lower back can lead to hotel accidents. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than one million workers suffer back injuries each year, and back injuries account for one of every five workplace injuries or illnesses. We encourage you to seek out resources that provide proper training in safe lifting. The University of North Carolina has put together a post about proper lifting techniques and handling that can be found here.
Hazardous Contact with Machinery and Tools
Improper use of machinery and tools on the job can lead to injury. One-third of all reported restaurant workers’ compensation claims are made up of injuries like cuts, punctures, and scrapes. These injuries are often from improper knife handling during food preparation in commercial kitchens. No matter the field you’re in, make sure to speak with your employer about proper usage, review safety manuals, and seek sources to better your understanding of how to use machinery and tools safely.
In summary, it is important to learn about what accidents are specific to your industry and how to prevent them. Preventing slips, falls, trips, unsafe lifting, and hazardous contact with machinery and tools could aid in injury prevention.
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