Restaurant work may not strike most people as a dangerous job. Still, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 2019 showed an average of nearly 257 daily nonfatal injuries and illnesses.
Since jobs in food service present various hazards, restaurant employees should be aware of these hazards.
The fast-paced restaurant setting means repeating the same actions in tight spaces that may not be ergonomically appropriate. Tendonitis, repetitive strain injury and carpal tunnel syndrome can occur due to repetitive motions. Such ailments are slow to heal.
Slips and falls
Wet floors are a common occurrence in foodservice. Oil on floors is especially dangerous. While carrying items about the work area, tripping or falling is likely with obstructed vision.
Cuts and burns
Sharp utensils and hot equipment invite the opportunity for cuts, scrapes, bruises and burns. Cooking ingredients and cleaning agents could result in chemical burns if they contact the skin. Poorly trained workers handling dangerous tools and chemicals add unacceptable risk.
Overexertion and exhaustion
Loading and unloading delivery trucks are regular parts of restaurant work, which can lead to muscle strains. The same danger exists when rearranging furniture, tables and chair. Long hours that start early and last until late can also cause fatigue and accidents.
Food delivery is more common than ever, and more employees must fill in the role. Rushing to provide hot dishes to customers creates the chance of crashes. If company vehicles are not in good repair, malfunctions may lead to collisions.
Restaurant workers should expect to carry out their job in a safe manner. Employees can take precautions, call attention to unsafe conditions and pursue justice when exposed to personal injury.