In the restaurant industry, there are many different positions, but all are related in some way. No matter what your position is – head chef of a fancy restaurant, or a line cook at McDonald’s – if you work in the restaurant industry you face certain risks for on the job injuries. Let’s take a look at some of the most common injuries in the restaurant industry.
Common Injuries in Restaurants
Based on information from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the most common risks in the restaurant industry include:
- Injuries caused by lifting heavy trays, containers, tables, or chairs.
- Injuries caused by reaching or over-extending.
- Burn or scalding injuries caused by a stove, oven, dishwasher, deep fryer, or other appliances.
- Electrical burns caused by wiring, appliances, or damaged cords or wiring.
- Exposure to hazardous chemicals or fumes.
- Workplace violence, including robbery.
- Injuries caused by auto accidents while delivering food.
These risks can lead to a variety of specific injuries, such as:
- Repetitive use injuries (examples include sprains, strains, or bulging discs)
- Broken or fractured bones
- Cuts or lacerations
- Overexertion injuries (commonly in the back, neck, or shoulders)
- Toxic exposure illness or injuries
Any sort of injury could cause to you lose time at work. Serious injuries could result in your being permanently unable to return to work. So what can you do if you have been injured while working in the restaurant industry?
Getting Help with Restaurant Injuries
If you have been injured while working in a restaurant, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. You should get medical attention immediately, and then notify your employer that you are injured. If you are concerned about getting benefits, or have been denied benefits, you should contact a workers’ compensation attorney.