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Waitstaff are exposed to numerous hazards

On Behalf of | Feb 21, 2022 | Workers' Compensation |

There are numerous hospitality venues that offer food, drinks and other services to people across Coral Gables. These venues also provide stable employment to people across the city.

Workers tend to offer service with a smile, so it can be hard to know what they are truly going through. Waitstaff are typically on the frontlines in restaurants, ensuring that customers are comfortable and fully satisfied. Not only do these people work extremely hard, but they are also exposed to numerous safety risks each day, as outlined below.

Burn injuries

Waitstaff carry food from the kitchen. They also assist with food preparation sometimes as well as making hot drinks. All of this poses a threat of being burned, particularly during busier periods, when staff are having to move at a faster pace.

Slips and falls

There is a risk of falling or slipping in any environment and a restaurant is no exception. In fact, because of the cleanliness and hygiene aspects of hospitality, workers may be more exposed than others. It only takes one wet spot on the floor, one drop of oil from the kitchen or any other obstacle to create a painful slip-and-fall accident.

Back injuries

Standing for long periods, lifting heavy items and twisting and turning are all part and parcel for waitstaff in restaurants. Such activities present a risk of repetitive strain injuries, which target the neck, back, shoulders and wrists in particular. These types of injuries can take considerable time to recover from, and an employee may be unable to work for months.

As a worker in hospitality, you are entitled to be in a safe environment when carrying out your duties. If you have been hurt in a work-related accident, you may be entitled to legal compensation.