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Why do 84 out of 100 hotel staff take painkillers every morning?

Day-to-day work for hotel staff can be tiring with housekeeping, room service and working the front desk for long and typically unsociable hours. When a human rights organisation brought to attention that when 100 room attendants at a top hotel in London were asked if they ever take medication, 84 said they took painkillers every morning because their job was punishing on their body.

With over 2.7 million people working in the hospitality industry in the UK it made us wonder — what are some of the most common risk factors for staff working in hotels?

Ergonomic hazards

These occur when the type of work you carry out can potentially put a strain on your body. This can include pushing carts, lifting heavy luggage and equipment and struggling through heavy doors.

Fire Safety hazards
Electrical faults in wiring, cooking appliances, smoking and poor means of escape are the main causes of fires in hotels. A recent example being The Radnor Hotel in London. The hotel was fined £200,000 this year for blocked emergency exits and fire doors tied open with extension cords and string. A huge violation of fire safety regulations with guests and co-workers lives put at risk.

Slips, trips and falls
One of the most common accidents for attendants in hotels are those caused by insufficient room to move and hallways blocked by trolleys, carts and loose cords when cleaning.

Poor ventilation
Poor ventilation creates excess moisture and stale air along with odours and cooking smells, especially in areas such as kitchens. These problems create discomfort, illness and general poor health for staff.

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