Working as a server in the restaurant industry can be a challenging job with a unique set of hazards. Long hours on their feet, a fast-paced environment and frequent interactions with kitchen equipment and hot foods can lead to an array of potential accidents for servers.
To ensure a safer working environment, it is important to understand the common accidents servers face at work. Learn more about four types of accidents these workers often face.
1. Slips and falls
Slips and falls are among the most common accidents in the restaurant industry. Wet floors, spills, loose mats or cluttered walkways can lead to unexpected falls, potentially causing serious injuries. Servers should wear non-slip shoes and management must ensure regular cleanup of spills and maintenance of walkways to reduce this type of accident.
2. Burns and scalds
Servers are constantly around hot food, drinks and kitchen equipment. Consequently, they face a significant risk of burns and scalds. Accidental contact with hot surfaces, spills from hot beverages or mishaps during food preparation can lead to these injuries. It is important for servers to handle hot items with caution and use protective gear when necessary.
3. Overexertion injuries
Repetitive motions, lifting heavy trays or prolonged periods of standing can lead to strains, sprains, neck and shoulder pain or chronic conditions like tendonitis or stress fractures. Servers should be mindful of their physical limits and use proper lifting techniques to prevent such injuries.
4. Cuts and lacerations
Working with kitchen tools or broken dishes and glassware exposes servers to potential cuts and lacerations. A simple slip while carrying dishes or a misstep in the kitchen can result in such injuries. Ensuring proper handling of sharp objects and prompt cleanup of broken items can significantly reduce these risks.
Restaurants can implement appropriate safety measures and servers can take personal precautions to protect themselves, promoting a safer working environment. However, if you are dealing with a workplace injury or illness, contact a Workers’ Compensation Specialist for a free consultation. To learn how we can help you, contact us online or call us at 610-892-9300.