Casinos may not seem like a particularly hazardous place to work, but the fact is that when employees are surrounded by people drinking and gambling, accidents happen. The fact is that working in a casino is a much more dangerous job than most people realize.
Common Casino Hazards for Workers
Slips and Falls
The most common type of casino accident affecting workers is the slip and fall. While casinos offering pools, hot tubs and other water-related recreational activities pose slip and fall risks to employees working in these areas, the same holds true for crowded gaming halls, as well as the parking lot and walkways outside the casino. A slip and fall accident can run the gamut when it comes to severity. If the worker experiences a head or spinal injury, they could be permanently disabled.
Employees usually eat at the casino as part of their job. Unfortunately, casinos are notorious for food poisoning incidents. That is because the sheer amount of food prepared for customers – and also consumed by employees – results in frequent undercooking, or food that sits too long.
Violence is another frequent hazard for employees. When customers drink a great deal, win or lose a lot of money, and are pumped up by the casino’s loud music, bright lights and action, assaults may occur. Workers may face the direct result of a drunken customer’s wrath or end up as innocent bystanders if a fight breaks out.
There are not many establishments left that allow indoor cigarette smoking, but casinos are an exception. Secondhand smoke is known to increase a person’s risk of serious respiratory illnesses, including lung cancer.
Additionally, smokers, especially those under the influence of alcohol, may inadvertently bump into workers with their lit cigarettes, causing burn injuries. While many of these burns are minor, there is always the possibility that a person’s clothing could catch fire, resulting in serious injury or even death.
Repetitive Motion Injuries
Not all casino work injuries are due to on-the-job accidents. Repetitive motion injuries are also common for dealers at casinos, as well as for bar tenders and wait staff. The constant motions, day in and day out, can result in tendon and muscle damage and the inability to continue working without severe pain.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates P.C. Help Injured Casino Workers Collect Compensation
If you or a loved one were injured while working in a casino, you need the services of the experienced Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Our experienced attorneys can help you obtain the compensation you need, including payment for medical expenses and lost wages. For a free consultation, call 888-PITT-LAW today or submit an online contact form.
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