3 Easy Ways to Reduce Workers Comp Claims in Food Service
While The Department of Labor cites overexertion as the most common workplace injury across industries, running a close second are slips, trips and falls on wet floors, and nowhere is this more of a problem than in the foodservice arena. Of course, kitchens bear a number of possibly dangerous conditions that can lead to minor or major injury.
Most Common Physical Hazards in Restaurants
– Spills of any material on floors can result in falls and slips
– Muscle strains and back problems from lifting boxes, trays
– Burns from hot surfaces, hot liquids, and other materials
Research Proves the Point
A recent collaborative study headed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health looked at the primary causes of food service worker issues with regard to greasy surfaces, liquid spills and chiefly, oil-related incidents in kitchens across the country. These workers, in particular, are susceptible to slipping and burning hazards on the job with so many variables in food preparation, cooking, and serving.
The research found that in addition to keeping floors clean and dry and maintaining stairs and handrails, mandating the wearing of slip-resistant shoes in this industry dramatically decreased overall injuries and accidents for employees in both the front and back of the house.
Knowing that trips, slips, and falls account for the majority of worker injury cases in the foodservice industry, and lead to time away from work and potentially costly claims, it is prudent for kitchen managers to do everything they can to mitigate these issues.
The Right Steps to Take:
- Institute a comprehensive safety program for your kitchen
- Engage in proactive employee training
- Develop and promote a safety incentive program
Delegate the Dirty Work
Consider hiring a professional oil management system provider that will effectively eliminate the need for your employees to carry hot oil across your kitchen floor, and prevent unnecessary and expensive Worker’s Comp claims. Many options are available that can be customized to fit your location’s size, volume, and particular needs. Most importantly, you will be taking the first step toward avoiding injuries for your staff, such as slips, falls, and burns.
To be sure, falling at work can be awful, and harmful, but getting burned is generally much worse and brings with it added medical need, time off of work, and impaired function when the employee can work again. According to the Burn Foundation, more than 12,000 workplace burns occur each year in the foodservice industry, and guess what? Most of these are the result of carrying hot oil!
That’s why seeking out a professional for oil management can make sense on many levels for your organization. At the least, you can be assured it will save you the headache of handling what you know to be one of the most dangerous jobs in the kitchen. So be prepared, think ahead to avoid safety pitfalls, keep a clean and dry kitchen floor and workspace, and you can save your employees and the bottom line by reducing negative outcomes and Worker’s Compensation claims.
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