The hospitality sector in South Australia includes accommodation, cafes and restaurants, takeaway food services, pubs, clubs, taverns and bars, and is one of our priority industries to reduce injuries.
The most common causes of injuries to workers in hospitality are from muscular stress, slips and trips, and repetitive movement resulting in injuries to the shoulder, back and wrist.
Many potential hazards have been identified For example kitchen assistant duties include frequent reaching, and lifting large pots from the stove, which may weigh up to 15kg, while laundry workers are often reaching forwards into deep based dryer and washing machines, with wet washing weighing up to 10-15kg. Domestic cleaners frequently push and pull trolleys, transport and operate carpet shampooers and floor polishers all with the potential for harm.
Consulting with workers is a key step in identifying tasks which may be hazardous and have the potential to cause musculoskeletal disorders. By developing and implementing positive work health and safety systems, environments, cultures and practices workplaces can help reduce injuries to their workers. Our Simple Steps to Safety information can assist small businesses in setting up the right systems and processes for your workplace.