In the hospitality industry “slip and fall” accidents are the most frequent injuries that cause lost time for employers and higher cost for customers. Bathtubs and showers rank among the highest in terms of cleaning locations that result in “slip and falls” that trigger workers compensation or other worker-health related costs.
We spent time with professional housekeepers and housekeeping managers discussing workplace injuries and pain points of the job. We listened, and discovered that during work hours reaching to high places using improvised steps (sides of a bathtub, toilets, etc.) caused many injuries from falling.
Additionally, the average housekeeping or sanitation professional will clean anywhere from 30-40 rooms a day. That is 30-40 opportunities to fall on these “improvised steps”, not to mention the physical strain of stooping down and kneeling on tile to clean the low areas. Plus, when sanitation and housekeeping professionals are close to the area they are cleaning, there is often harmful chemical inhalation that occurs.