Restaurant Kitchen Staff Face Higher Risks for Accidents and Injuries

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Illinois workers compensation lawyerWorkers of all ages can find steady employment and make successful careers out of working in the food service industry. In fact, the first job for many teens is working in a restaurant, particularly in the summer months when restaurants and fast-food places often increase hiring among kitchen and other back of the house workers to keep up with consumer demands. Many adults who are looking to supplement their income are often able to earn extra income at restaurants. However, it is well documented that these workers face a higher risk for workplace accidents and injuries.

Injury Risks Kitchen Workers Face

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), food service workers in general face a higher risk of accidents and injuries than those in other occupations. Among these workers, grill cooks, sous chefs, deep fryer operators, and other kitchen staff are most at risk.

One major study conducted by a national risk management company analyzed data collected restaurant workers’ compensation claims over a four-year period and found the following statistics:

  • Cuts, punctures, and scrapes were responsible for 23 percent of all claims. This includes lacerations and amputations due to sharp knives and cutting machines.
  • Slip and fall injuries were responsible for 18 percent of all claims, mostly from wet floors and spills.
  • Burns and scalds were responsible for 12 percent of all claims

The remaining 47 percent of claims included:

  • Soft tissue injuries from the constant bending, stretching, and lifting
  • Heat-related disorders
  • Occupational injuries caused by stress from long shifts, lack of breaks, and overall stress

When these types of on-the-job injuries occur, employers may be responsible. Kitchen staff may be entitled to benefits through the Illinois workers’ compensation program, or they may be entitled to damages in a personal injury claim.

Contact an Illinois Work Injury Lawyer for Help

Restaurant workers have historically had to fight for fair wages and safe working conditions, and these struggles often carry over into having to fight for benefits they should be entitled to under the law. If you are a restaurant worker who has been injured at work, you may find that your employer and/or their insurance company is trying to deny your claim. This is why you need a skilled Chicago, IL workers’ compensation attorney fighting to make sure you receive the compensation and benefits you deserve. Call Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio today at 630-574-2288 to schedule a free and confidential consultation.




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