Hazards of the Job: Workers’ Compensation for Service Industry Employees

February 26, 2016

The hospitality industry offers no shortage of potential risks and hazards to its employees. The fast-paced work environment creates the potential for devastating accidents to happen in split second. When you are injured on the job, you are entitled to workers compensation benefits.

Always report your injuries

During a service rush, you may not think that you have time to properly report and treat your injuries. However, failing to do so can lead to complications down the line. Cuts, scrapes, and burns can become infected. Slips and falls may cause sprains, strains or fractures that require costly medical treatment.

While there are steps you can take to prevent injuries at work (like non-slip shoes, safe lifting techniques and proper safety precautions), sometimes accidents are unavoidable. Some of the many hazards in food service industry include:

  • Wet floors
  • Broken glass
  • Hot oil or grease
  • Sharp or dull knives
  • Improperly placed floor mats
  • Open flames
  • Excessively hot or cold surfaces

In addition to these obvious hazards, many food service industry employees work long shifts. Excessive work hours create fatigue, which increases the likelihood of a mistake that can result in serious injury.

Employees can also suffer chronic foot, knee, and back pain from long hours on their feet. This pain can be exacerbated by the constant lifting, moving and bending required by the industry. Bartenders in particular can suffer repetitive stress injuries to their wrists and shoulders from constantly flipping heavy bottles.

The burden is on your employer to provide a safe workplace, but accidents happen even in the safest environments. If you were injured at work, make sure to inform your manager or supervisor immediately. For serious injuries, seek medical attention immediately.

While workers’ compensation benefits are legally mandated, insurance companies will often seek to protect their own interests at the expense of your health. When you are injured at work, you deserve proper medical attention and time to heal. If your workers’ compensation claim was denied, or the full cost of your treatment was not covered, Larry Pitt & Associates can help.

If you are a service industry employee and have sustained a workplace injury and have any questions about the compensation you are entitled to, contact the experienced Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorneys at Larry Pitt & Associates today. We serve clients throughout Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.