Hotel-Motel Industry Safety & Health - Building Maintenance


Photo courtesy of L&I. Don't ignore mechanical dangers! Exposed, moving parts on machinery can cause permanent harm. Keep safety guards (covers) in place and follow safe work procedures (lockout/tagout) to keep your limbs and livelihood intact

Don't ignore mechanical dangers! Exposed, moving parts on machinery can cause permanent harm. Keep safety guards (covers) in place and follow safe work procedures (lockout/tagout) to keep your limbs and livelihood intact.

Photo courtesy of L&I.

Maintenance crews are the "invisible force" that keeps buildings such as hotel and motels functional — but the everyday hazards these crews face aren't invisible and can cause devastating harm.

Depending on the type of building, hazards faced by building maintenance workers include the following:

  • Falls (from ladders, scissor lifts).
  • Lifting and moving heavy or bulky objects and materials.
  • Mechanical dangers during cleaning, unjamming, inspection, or service and repair activities (Lockout/Tagout).
  • Permit-required confined spaces (pits, sumps, tanks).

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  • Asbestos.
  • Electrical hazards.
  • Hazardous chemicals (corrosive, strongly irritating, or toxic chemical products).
  • Noisy power tools and systems machinery.
  • Objects falling from overhead storage.
  • Slippery or uneven walking surfaces.
  • Welding hazards (UV light, electricity, gas and fume emissions, awkward postures).

Information provided in this topic page can help employers and employees identify and evaluate existing and foreseeable safety and health hazards. It also provides resources to help with training, prevention methods, and the development and implementation of a required written accident prevention program (APP).

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