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3 common injuries for restaurant workers

Working in the food service industry comes with a unique set of risks when it comes to on-the-job injuries. Whether you are a fast food worker or the head chef at an expensive restaurant, you should know about the hazards you face.

While the specific job and restaurant environment will determine your risks, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has identified the major injuries sustained by restaurant workers. Continue reading to find out the most common workplace injuries for foodservice employees. 

1. Repetitive injuries

Certain daily tasks may lead to chronic problems. Repetitive injuries can cause pain, discomfort, swelling and limited movement. Tasks such as loading and unloading inventory, operating a cash register or flipping burgers may lead to this type of problem. The most common repetitive trauma injuries are carpal tunnel syndrome and trigger finger.

2. Slips and falls

When you work in a food establishment, you face wet and slick surfaces on a regular basis. Kitchen and dining areas alike are often wet either due to cleaning or spills. Servers and dishwashers should be especially wary of slippery surfaces.

3. Cuts and burns

As an employee in the restaurant industry, you are routinely exposed to kitchen tools and heat. A simple misstep could lead to a significant burn from the fryer or cutting your finger. Kitchen staff is particularly prone to these types of injuries.

With these unique risks, your employer should take steps to ensure your safety. If your employer implements rubber mats in wet areas, provides protective gear for kitchen staff and encourages regular stretch breaks, they can reduce the risk of the aforementioned injuries. If any of these injuries sound familiar to you, do not hesitate to seek compensation. You may get reimbursed for your medical bills and lost wages. Speak to a workers' compensation lawyer for help.

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