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Las Vegas High-Rise Hotels Pose Safety Risks for Workers

worker cleaning windows of high rise building

The endless array of Las Vegas high-rise hotels provide a stunning, illuminated landscape for visitors, but they pose serious safety risks for thousands of hotel workers. Workers compensation attorneys Las Vegas commonly see a variety of workplace injuries to hotel restaurant employees, maintenance workers, and housekeeping staff.

Fire Risks

High-rise hotels pose significant fire risks to employees, as well as guests, but employees are there every day throughout the year. Although all Las Vegas high-rise hotels have fire safety and evacuation plans in place, a fire that starts on the 53rd floor poses enormous personal injury risks for people above and below. In high-rise hotels that often have 50 to 80 floors, large numbers of people are required to travel extreme distances down stairs to evacuate the building. Compared to low-rise hotels, high-rise hotels present unique challenges:

  • Complex evacuation strategies
  • Fire department accessibility
  • Longer egress times and distances
  • Excessive smoke movement
  • More difficult fire control

Slip-and-Fall Injuries

High-rise hotels in Las Vegas require constant maintenance and repairs. Hotel maintenance workers such as electricians, plumbers, roofers, landscapers, painters and window cleaners are often subjected to great heights, hazardous chemicals, high voltage lines, and dangerous mechanical equipment. Outside workers are often required to scale great heights to do their job. In November 2015, an experienced landscaper at the Mirage Hotel was killed while trimming a tree 35 feet above the ground. Interior maintenance workers often deal with high voltage equipment and electrical systems that can cause electrocution. Exterior maintenance workers are at a high risk for serious slip-and-fall injuries and fatalities. Slip-and-fall injury claims filed with workers compensation attorneys Las Vegas are common among high-rise hotel maintenance workers.

Repetitive Stress Injuries

According to the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, housekeepers in hotels have high rates of on-the-job injuries. Housekeepers are prone to repetitive stress injuries from continual work such as changing bed sheets, washing bathroom floors, cleaning bathroom tubs, sinks and toilets, vacuuming carpets, cleaning blinds, and other daily hotel tasks. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that hotel housekeepers have a reported illness and injury rate of 5.4 percent, compared to other industries with an average rate of 3.5 percent. As more amenities are offered in luxury Las Vegas high-rise hotels, housekeepers are required to work faster to accomplish their duties. Workers compensation attorneys Las Vegas are likely to see an increase in workers’ compensation claims for repetitive stress injuries.

The George Bochanis Injury Law Offices was established in 1985. Before opening his office, Mr. Bochanis spent years representing major insurance companies in litigation cases and prior to that was a law clerk to a prominent local district court judge. Our offices have grown from a small one person setting to having its own well known office location on South Ninth Street in Downtown Las Vegas with 15 employees.

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Since opening our doors in 1985, the accident lawyers at the George Bochanis Injury Law Offices have been committed to helping injury victims get full compensation after slip and fall accidents, motor vehicle crashes, workplace injuries, and other personal injuries.

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