You may have just been hired as a line cook or this is your life-long career with expectations of a well-managed workspace. What you didn’t expect is the dangers involved while working in the restaurant industry.
Whether you’re a cook, a cleaner or a busser, there are many ways you can be injured in the restaurant industry. Here’s what you should know:
1. Grease fires
Poorly maintained stove surfaces, improperly washed pans or newly trained cooks can all lead to grease fires. These fires are hard to put out and can lead to third-degree burns or worse. Every kitchen should be equipped with a fire extinguisher to put out unexpected flames.
2. Wet floors
Someone may have spilled something in the kitchen or even in the cafeteria. If no one cleans up the mess or warns others about the spill then someone could easily slip and injure their head. Wet floor signs are used to prevent someone from accidentally slipping on a wet surface.
Sharp knives are used in nearly every kitchen. One slip or a bump can lead someone to cut themselves with a knife. What people don’t often expect is knives sitting at the bottom of a sink or broken glass. It can be hard to see through murky or soapy water to avoid being cut. Dishwashers can reduce the chances of serious cuts by wearing dish gloves.
You can take the initiative to know what dangers lie waiting in a restaurant. Even if you can’t prevent the dangers, you may have a chance of reducing your damages and avoiding serious injuries.
If injuries in the workplace have prevented you from doing your job then you may be eligible for workers’ compensation. You may need to know your options if an employer is making it hard to obtain your workers’ compensation.