I am sure many of you will be surprised to learn that hotel housekeepers are some of the most likely workers to get injured while working. In fact they are almost twice as likely to be injured.
The New York Times reports on a new study, entitled “Occupational Injury Disparities in the U.S. Hotel Industry”, that was presented last Monday at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association.
The study found that women hotel workers are 50 percent more likely to be injured than men, and hispanic women are especially more prone to getting hurt on the job.
The authors of the study think that the reason women get more work related injuries is because they are more likely to be housekeepers, and housekeepers are twice as likely to be hurt than other jobs. Some studies think this may be because they do a lot of the same tasks, lift heavy mattresses and work quickly to clean a lot of rooms.
Also Hispanic housekeepers are much more likely to get hurt than whites, blacks or asians.
“This study is stunning evidence of the unequal impact of injuries in the hotel industry, and it calls into question whether discriminatory workplace practices play a role,” said John W. Wilhelm, president of Unite Here, the union representing hotel workers.
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