Workers’ Compensation For The Florida Hospitality Industry
There are a lot of hotels in Florida, which means there are numerous hotel and service industry workers. While there are many different types of hotel workers such as desk clerks, room cleaners, and maintenance workers, anyone working to make customers’ experiences excellent may be at risk of suffering an injury on the job in any of the following Florida locations:
- Bed and breakfast
- Boutique hotels
Making sure hotels run smoothly, every room is clean, and that customers’ expectations are met involves a lot of work. Sometimes, workers are injured in the process of performing their jobs. For example, cleaning a room can involve repetitive work and awkward body positions that causes a workers’ body to be hunched over, back to be bent, or weight to be placed on knees. Vacuuming, mopping, wiping down surfaces, scrubbing, lifting, reaching over one’s head, and moving heavy furniture and equipment and materials from room to room can lead to physical injuries, such as:
- Sprains and fractures
- Muscle strains
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Knee injuries
- Head trauma
Workers who clean rooms should be trained properly to ensure they are working in the best position to limit the risk of on the job injuries. However, even if being careful, workers can get hurt on any given day due to repetitive movements. In fact, all hotel workers are at risk of injury, and workers who perform maintenance are especially at risk.
Maintenance workers at hotels climb on ladders, work on electrical issues, and put their bodies in some awkward and dangerous positions. Unfortunately, something as simple as overreaching on a ladder to change a light bulb can cause a fall and work-related injury. Because work at hotels can be dangerous, it is important that hospitality and service industry workers know they have rights if they suffer injuries on the job.
If you have been injured on the job in South Florida and would like to learn about Florida workers’ compensation benefits and whether you should pursue compensation for your work-related injuries, please contact the Law Office of David Benenfeld. You can receive a free case consultation by dialing 954-807-1334 to speak with an experienced South Florida workers’ comp lawyer today.