If you or someone you know works in the service industry, the reality exists that restaurant employees are susceptible to on-the-job injuries every day they show up to work. When you eat out at a restaurant, a lot of work goes on behind the scenes in order to provide the best service possible before, during and after your meal. And, more often than not, it can put employees at risk for getting hurt.
Below, we'll explain the types and causes of workplace injuries in the service industry.
Sprains and Strains: Sprains and strains can be caused by slips or falls due to wet floors or equipment and supplies that are left on the ground. They can also occur when you're picking up something.
Overexertion: Overexertion injuries - stress injuries to the shoulders, back, and neck specifically - can be caused from the basic duties of the job, such as long hours and bending over to pick up food supplies, moving tables, etc.
Broken Bones: Workers are susceptible to broken bones and fractures - particularly of the feet and shoulder - due to carrying heavy objects or slipping and falling in the workplace. For example, a bartender handling a 100-pound keg could accidentally drop it on his foot. Or, a chef transporting heavy boxes could potentially dislocate his shoulder.
Cuts and Lacerations: Cuts and lacerations often occur in the restaurant. Workers are constantly using knives, peelers and other sharp equipment to slice food. One wrong move could result in a deep cut requiring stitches. In Pennsylvania, the Workers' Compensation Act states that certain scars (and disfigurements) caused by a work-related injury are eligible for compensation. This depends on the permanency, location, and unsightliness of the scar.
Burns: In the kitchen, burns are common. Cooks are constantly working around hot food cooked on stoves, in fryers or ovens - and because of it, the chances of burning their hands are high.
If you or someone you love has significantly injured themselves in the service industry, the team at Dugan & Associates is ready to look at your case. Our team of experienced workplace injury lawyers will make sure you receive the maximum monetary compensation available to you. Give us a call at 412-353-3572 or contact us online today for your free consultation.
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