Posted On: December 15, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Illinois Workers' Compensation: Woman and Ethnic Hotel Workers Have High Injury Rate

At an American Public Health Association meeting, University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health’s Susan Buchanan, MD, reported that hotel workers risk injury and becoming ill on the job:

• Female hotel workers had a 1.5 times greater rate of getting hurt than their male counterparts.

• Hispanic female workers were almost two times more likely to sustain work injuries than white female hotel workers.

• Hispanic and Asian male hotel workers had a 1.5 greater injury rate risk than white male workers.

Buchanan and the other researchers she worked with say they don’t know why women and minority hotel workers have a higher injury rate than Caucasian hotel workers. They gathered their information from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Researchers took a look at information from 3,000 worker injuries between 2003 and 2005 in five hotel job categories. The injuries occurred on 50 unionized properties run by major hotel chains. 80% of the hotel workers that were looked at for the study were minorities. Upper extremity injuries appeared to be the most common kind of work injury.

A spokesperson for Hyatt says that the study’s findings do not reflect its hotels workplace environments.

Hotel room cleaners, front desk clerks, bellhops, hospitality workers, maintenance employees, waiters, and other hotel workers can get hurt on the job. Ergonomic injuries, back injuries, slip and fall injuries, injuries caused by lifting heavy objects, and other work-related injuries can result.

Chicago Workers’ Compensation
Chicago is one of the most visited cities in the United States and hotel workers are employed to help the hospitality industry of our beautiful city run smoothly. This 24-hour/seven days a week business can be stressful and physically challenging for its employees and unfortunately, work injuries do happen. Most Chicago workers are entitled to Illinois workers' compensation benefits in the event of injury.

Women Hotel Workers Suffer High Injury Rates, New American Media, December 6, 2009


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