27 November 2021

Serve our Hospitality Workers

Whether it’s restaurants, cafes, pubs or hotels, people in the hospitality industry are working hard to serve customers, often at the expense of their own wellbeing. Working in hospitality involves odd hours, long shifts and extended periods of time spent on your feet. Fast paced environments such as this can be rife with workplace and safety hazards.

Manual tasks are an important part of getting the job done and some of these tasks can cause workplace injuries. Incorrectly handling heavy objects and repetitive tasks can cause undue strain on the body. In the three years to 2017, more than 18,000 workers were injured in the hospitality industry in NSW alone.1

Staff turnover in this industry is high and safety training is often minimised in the rush to get staff ready to work. While employers are responsible for providing a safe working environment, there are steps you can take to care of your spinal health and overall well-being. If you work in the hospitality industry or know someone who does, take a look at these tips to keep the spine happy and reduce the likelihood of injuries.

Muscular stress while lifting or handling objects is by far the most regular workplace injury in Australia. Safe Work reports in 2015 revealed that close to 40% of time off work can be attributed to this reason.2

If you suffer from back pain or other spinal health issues, don’t suffer in silence. It may be helpful to consult an ACA chiropractor or other healthcare professional to seek advice. Prevention is better than cure – don’t ignore the pain and take a proactive approach to your health with preventative measures.

Your local ACA chiropractor can also provide advice and assistance on maintaining a healthy spine and improving spinal function, while recommending appropriate care options and exercises. Find out more about chiropractic here or to find your local ACA chiropractor, visit findachiro.org.au

References:

1. NSW Government, SafeWork NSW, Industry Safety: Hospitality

2. Edway Training, Common Workplace Injuries

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