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3 common injury risks in the hospitality industry

On Behalf of | Nov 5, 2021 | Workers' Compensation |

There are typically safety hazards in every workplace. However, the potential for injury relating to specific hazards can vary among settings.

Consequently, it is worth considering risks that are more closely associated with different industries. Hospitality provides many jobs to people across Louisiana and hospitality workers may be exposed to numerous risks of injury. Outlined below are three common injury risks in the hospitality industry.

Burn injuries

Management, waiting staff and kitchen staff are frequently exposed to hot items and surfaces in hospitality venues. Burn injuries can be severely painful and may even result in permanent scarring. Staff should always be provided with suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) where necessary as well as adequate training when operating potentially dangerous equipment.

Slip-and-fall accidents

It is generally a top priority of hospitality staff to keep their venue clean for guests. As a result, floor surfaces are constantly being cleaned and polished. Poor housekeeping, such as failing to display wet floor signs, leaving items in walkways and failing to clean up spills can all result in an increased risk of injury. Falls can be prevented by having adequate lighting across the venue, displaying clear signage and providing staff with health and safety training.

Injuries resulting from lifting

Kitchen staff and front-of-house staff will frequently have to move and lift various items. For example, chefs may need to unpack food deliveries or gather stock from refrigeration units. Waiters and waitresses may need to move furniture in order to accommodate a larger table. Also, bar stock commonly needs to be replenished. Repetitive lifting can cause injuries to the elbows, back, knees and various other parts of the body. The risk of injury from lifting may be negated by offering appropriate training and ensuring that staff has help with moving items when necessary.

Recognizing the common risk factors in hospitality could be in your best interests. If you have been injured in a workplace accident, it may be possible to claim for legal compensation.