Our Statesville workers’ compensation attorneys want to remind young workers in the restaurant industry to make sure your employer is providing proper training and a safe work environment for you and your co-workers. The restaurant industry is one of the largest part-time and full-time employment sectors but it doesn’t fall short from certain hazards like slips and falls, burns, cuts, exposure to hazardous chemicals and electrical hazards.
Many restaurants and food establishments hire young workers for serving, cooking, dishwashing and other responsibilities. These teens need to be properly trained on what to do since, for most, it is their first job outside of the home.
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration recently announced a partnership with Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United) to help address workplace safety issues in the restaurant industry, specifically focusing on burn hazards, fall accidents, and cut or laceration dangers.
More than 11 million people in the United States are employed in restaurants, bars or other eating establishments. Some of these workers, almost 30 percent, are teenagers. Young workers aren’t always familiar with the ins and outs of work safety so training is vital in keeping work injuries to a minimum. We posted about required rules for teen employment last month on our North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog where we also noted that roughly 50 teens die annually from occupational injuries in Charlotte and throughout the country.
ROC-United is a national organization that helps restaurant workers to improve work conditions and coordinate initiatives for worker safety. In forming a partnership with OSHA, the goal is to provide fact sheets and a safety and health booklet explaining dangerous exposures to cuts, burns and other restaurant-related injuries. In addition, the Alliance hopes to present case studies to workers and employers about lessons learned in this industry, and offer training tips that can help eliminate dangerous hazards.
OSHA has created an eTool for youth worker safety in the restaurant industry. Hazards can occur in all aspects of the industry including serving, clean-up, drive-thru windows, cooking, preparing food and food delivery.
The following are some of the hazards that young workers are exposed to while performing duties in the restaurant industry:
-Serving: strains from lifting or balancing, cuts from sharp knives or broken glass, burns from serving hot plates, verbal abuse or violence from customers.
-Clean-up: electrocution while mopping a wet floor near an improperly wired outlet, exposure to hazardous cleaning chemicals, trip accidents while trying to carry dishes or heavy trays.
-Cooking: eye injuries caused by oil splashing from a deep fryer, pains from standing on feet for long periods of time or exposure to open flames and burn injuries from catching on fire.
Young workers who take the initiative of asking questions and getting trained properly can reduce the risk of suffering a serious and possible life-changing injury.
Young workers have rights to be properly trained and provided a safe work environment just like everyone else. If a young person in your family has been injured while working in the restaurant industry, contact the workers’ compensation attorneys at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free consultation to discuss your claim. We represent injured workers of all ages in North and South Carolina so call 1-800-887-1965 today.
More Blog Entries:
North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Review the Revised Child Labor Regulations, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, September 26, 2011.
Circuit Breakers a Workplace Hazard Leading to Electrocution Injuries of North Carolina Workers, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, September 20, 2011.