Friday, November 16, 2007

Housekeepers say luxury hotel beds a pain

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -

Those heavenly beds in luxury hotels may give people a great night's sleep. But how would it feel to lift the 100-pound (45-kg) mattresses and change the sheets 16 times a day?

Housekeepers at the Los Angeles Airport Hilton have scored a big win as they struggle with back and knee injuries exacerbated by making heavier beds with upscale linens, comforters and cushions that can weigh up to 16 pounds (7 kg) per bed, occupational safety activists said on Thursday.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health fined the privately owned hotel $14,425 for violating repetitive motion injury standards and other hazards.

The activists say the citation, issued October 30, is the first against the U.S. hotel industry for repetitive motion injuries.

A spokesman said the hotel would appeal the citation but welcomed the findings of the six-month probe and would use them to improve its safety program, which includes stretching exercises to help housekeepers warm up and avoid injuries.

Housekeepers at the LAX Hilton and the Southern California Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health filed a complaint in May.

Read the entire story at Reuters.

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