It can be demanding to work in the food and beverage service industry. Your body is often the pushcart for all types of duties to make everyone in the back and front of the house happy. Not only do restaurant workers exert energy for long hours, but it is often fast-paced and overall exhausting at the end of each day.
If you have an unexpected injury on the job, it makes life more complicated, and the hardship of recovery and expenses are at the forefront of your mind. Work injuries may devour your savings, or if you don't have any savings, put you in a tight financial bind. Workers compensation exists as insurance for workers and helps decrease the devastation of the recovery process.
What should restaurant workers look out for as potential safety threats? Here are some common ways food and beverage employees injure themselves on the job:
- Slip and falls: The restaurant may have an outdoor area with uneven walkways, steps, and slick areas. Drinks and food items frequently fall on the floor, and anything that is not picked up may cause a serious injury.
- Head injuries: Items stored high up in a walk-in refrigerator or on a high shelf can be bulky and fall on a person looking to get supplies. Also, heavy pots and pans may be stored overhead and risk injury to a worker's head.
- Back injuries: Back injuries are common when you are constantly bending down and using your back to support a tray filled with dishes and glassware. These repetitive motions may irritate the back and may lead to long-term damage.
Employees have a right to stand up for their health and safety while on the job. Work injuries may inhibit employees from earning regular pay and having the quality of life they had before. Injuries may be excruciating to recover from in addition to any hassles made by the employer or claim process.
If you are suffering from a work-related injury, you are entitled to help. You deserve to have fair compensation and any complications addressed with honesty. Many restaurant workers and those in physical labor industries experience additional distress by not knowing their rights and what they may be entitled to. Our attorneys can assist you in learning those rights and getting you the help you need.