Many Evansville residents may still recall the restaurant fire that occurred in downtown Evansville in October 2016. Firefighters were called to Night Owl Food and Spirits around 10:00 p.m., and they spent hours trying to extinguish the flames. Luckily, no one was injured, despite the aggressive nature of the fire.
Fires are only one of the many dangers seen when working in the restaurant industry. Restaurant workers spend their days around hot grease, sharp knives, and countless slip and fall hazards. When considering this, it might be a little less surprising to hear that people are injured on the job in restaurants every day.
2018 has been, and will continue to be, a growing year for restaurants in Evansville. The city added a Wingstop, a Lake’s Metro Deli, and even a Dunkin’ Donuts for those with a sweet tooth. The growth does not stop there. Evansville is gaining many new restaurant options, and with that comes new job opportunities. While these new jobs will be a great addition to the community, it is important that employees educate themselves on the common personal injuries seen in this industry.
Possible Dangers in the Restaurant Business
- Burns: Whether it’s boiling water or a hot stove, there are many ways that a burn can be a potential hazard in a restaurant. There are more than 12,000 burn cases reported a year, and many of these cases require extensive treatment.
- Sprains: Slip and fall accidents, as well as over-straining to carry heavy objects, can often lead to sprains and muscle strains for workers. While these injuries are often minor and easily treated, there are cases of severe strains and broken bones that can have a huge effect on the overall well-being of the worker.
- Lacerations: Many people in this industry have frequent contact with knives, slicers, and even broken glass and dishes. The main concern in these incidents are severe cuts and infections. If these wounds are handled quickly and efficiently, the long-term effects could be minor. However, they can be severe if not handled appropriately.
- Eye Injuries: People in the restaurant business may often be around a lot of grease and cleaning chemicals. While these products can burn the skin, they possibly pose more of a risk to the worker’s eyes. It is important that workers protect their eyes when working with grease and chemicals in order to avoid serious injury. If a worker fails to wear protective eye gear and is splashed in the eye, it is important that the injury be treated immediately and that the eye be washed out to help prevent long-term damage.
Help from an Evansville Workers’ Compensation Attorney
If you work in the food industry and you suffered a severe injury while at work, you could be entitled to workers’ compensation in order to help you get back on your feet physically and financially. Let one of our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys fight to get you the compensation that you deserve. Call Hensley Legal Group today for a free consultation, or contact us online.