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Common injuries to restaurant workers

In a recent post, this blog highlighted the story of a restaurant worker that was bit on the job by a co-workers dog. In that case, the court agreed with the Workers' Compensation Board that the man was entitled to workers' compensation for the injuries that he suffered as a result of the dog bite. In that case, the worker was exposed to an unusual hazard, however, restaurant workers are placed in danger all the time at work. While dog bites are not common, other types of injuries frequently occur.

There are a few common types of hazards for restaurant workers that can lead to injuries. First, there are safety hazards. These are things that threaten the immediate safety of the workers. These include hot ovens, knives, slippery floors and other things that cause injuries. Common injuries caused by safety hazards include burns, bruises and cuts.

Another type of hazard for restaurant workers are ergonomic hazards. These are hazards caused by heavy lifting and repetitive stress. The most common type of injury to restaurant workers are ergonomic. Specifically, the most common injury is strains and sprains. Research says that up to a third of all reported injuries fall into this category.

Hazards and injuries in restaurants are not limited to these two categories. They can include other health and safety hazards that lead to injuries or can make people sick. Chemicals, for example, can cause illness. So can repetitive loud noises or too much heat.

Pennsylvania workers should be aware of these hazards and their legal options should they be injured at work. With the help of an attorney, injured workers can qualify for workers' compensation to help cover the costs associated with the workplace accident.

Source: Labor Occupational Health Program, "A Menu for Protecting the Health and Safety of Restaurant Workers," accessed Nov. 23, 2014

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