If you work in an Alabama restaurant, you face certain job-specific hazards that differ from those employed in other industries. Many of the injuries suffered by food service workers across the state and nation are similar in nature, and many of them are serious and can have significant impacts on your overall quality of life. At the Sapp Law Firm, L.L.C., we understand how difficult it can be to stay afloat and provide for your family following an on-the-job accident, and we have represented many clients who suffered injury as a result of their hospitality industry jobs.
Per Food Newsfeed, American restaurant workers suffered more than 190,000 job-related injuries in 2014 alone, and many of these injuries fall within similar categories. You run a serious risk of suffering burns as a restaurant industry worker, for example, because of your regular work around hot plates, grills, liquids and so on. Your employer can reduce your risk of a burn injury by properly training you and making sure that you don protective gear when necessary, such as relying on towels or pads to protect your hands when carrying hot plates.
Strains and sprains are also particularly common among restaurant workers, as you may know if you regularly carry large, heavy trays as part of your profession. Lifting heavy food items or moving heavy tables and chairs around can cause neck, back and shoulder strains, so understanding and utilizing proper lifting techniques is essential for your on-the-job safety.
You also run the risk of cutting yourself on glass, sharp knives and other components commonly found in restaurant settings. Your risk may increase depending on what types of safety practices are in use at your place of employment. For example, if knives are not properly stored (before washing or otherwise), you run a greater risk of cutting yourself and potentially developing an infection, too. More about your options following an on-the-job injury is available on our web page.