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Injury on the job: California hotel settles with OSHA

An injury on the job can be a problem for California workers in the housekeeping industry. Cal/OSHA has been involved in several investigations at the Fisherman's Wharf Hyatt after receiving union complaints. Eventually the hotel and OSHA settled after they worked together in an effort to ensure there were no health or safety issues concerning workplace safety with their housekeeping staff. The hotel's general manager issued a statement after the agreement claiming the settlement did not support allegations of injury on the job risks.

The settlement required the hotel to alter its workplace training and also continue how they analyze the risk of the job tasks performed by their housekeepers. The analysis will determine whether workers are exposed to any unsafe or unhealthy practices within the workplace and also examine the equipment used by housekeepers to perform their job. The hotel has been accused of ergonomic violations from routine tasks such as dusting, vacuuming and bed making.

However, OSHA took 'exhaustive' measures in their investigations and apparently found no issues with the hotel. All of the citations the hotel had been issued due to the alleged violations were withdrawn. The hotel chain has stated they are confident with how they analyze their job hazard risks and feel the tasks are performed with no undue risk to their workers.

An injury on the job can occur more often in certain industries. With routine tasks performed every day, there is a real risk for repetitive motion injuries. If a California employee is injured in the line of duty after performing such tasks, they may be eligible for workers' compensation. This benefit can assist with the costs associated with a repetitive motion and any subsequent recovery period required. Help is available for those with questions about their benefits, and the right support help ensure employees receive what they are entitled to by state law.

Source: Benzinga.com, "Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf Settles with Cal/OSHA," Dec. 21, 2012

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