Hairdressing and the risk of musculoskeletal injuries

On Behalf of | Jun 28, 2022 | Workers' compensation

When you think of dangerous jobs, you probably think about construction or emergency workers. However, all industries carry some risk of injury.

If you work as a hairstylist, odds are you have a high risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders or repetitive stress injuries due to the nature of your work. Knowing your rights as an employee of a salon can help you remain financially secure.

What are the risks of hairstyling?

As a hair stylist, you must stand for long hours, often bent awkwardly to trim, style or dye a client’s hair. Long work hours in awkward positions can wreak havoc on your musculoskeletal system. The majority of hairdressers have work-related stress injuries. Some everyday aches and pains include:

  • Shoulder and neck pain
  • Foot and knee pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Upper back pain

Hairdressers tend to experience a high percentage of musculoskeletal injuries and disorders. When you develop a musculoskeletal disorder, you may find it difficult to carry out your work-related obligations. Some of your obligations may become impossible.

Does workers’ compensation consider musculoskeletal injuries?

If you work as an employee in a hair salon, you have a right to compensation for any injuries you sustain while performing work-related tasks. You may not receive compensation only if you ignore safety protocol or abuse alcohol or other substances while at work. If you develop a musculoskeletal condition, there are various benefits available to you, including:

  • Compensation for lost wages
  • Compensation for medical care
  • Compensation for permanent disabilities

The specific nature of your injuries will determine the type of compensation you can obtain.