SafeWork SA is working with a number of privately owned aged care facilities and hospitals to help reduce injuries arising within hotel services.
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.
The most common causes of injuries to workers in hotel services are from muscular stress, slips and trips, and repetitive movement resulting in injuries to the shoulder, back and wrist.
Information and assistance on how to improve work health and safety outcomes for kitchen, laundry and cleaning service workers is available from our workplace advisors.
Consulting with workers is a key step in identifying tasks which may hazardous and have the potential to cause musculoskeletal disorders. By developing and implementing positive work health and safety systems, environments, cultures and practices every workplace can reduce the trauma of work-related injuries.