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Employee Injuries at Restaurants & How to Prepare for Them

Thursday, June 27, 2024 at 1:20 PM
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In the hubbub world of restaurants, the safety and well-being of your staff is not just a legal obligation but also a crucial aspect of maintaining a positive work environment. Workers' compensation insurance plays a pivotal role in this dynamic, addressing injuries and illnesses that can arise in the course of employment. Read on for some of the common types of workers' compensation claims in restaurants and how to prepare for the risks they pose.

Slips, Trips, and Falls

With fast-paced environments, slippery floors, and crowded spaces, it’s easy for employees to accidentally slip, trip, or fall. This can lead to sprains, strains, fractures, even head injuries. Proper training in safety protocols, regular inspections of flooring and walkways, and the use of non-slip mats can reduce the likelihood of such incidents.

Cuts and Burns

Working with knives, slicers, and hot equipment exposes restaurant workers to the risk of cuts and burns. Whether it’s preparing ingredients or serving hot dishes to customers, these injuries happen. Providing protective gear like cut-resistant gloves, implementing strict safety procedures, and conducting regular training sessions on handling equipment safely are essential preventive measures.

Repetitive Motion Injuries

Repetitive tasks such as chopping vegetables, lifting heavy trays, or constant typing at registers can lead to repetitive motion injuries like tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome. Encouraging regular breaks, proper ergonomics, and offering ergonomic tools can mitigate these risks.

Chemical Exposures

Commonly used cleaning supplies and chemicals can cause respiratory issues, skin irritations, or even chemical burns. Training staff in the safe use and storage of chemicals and providing appropriate protective equipment are key prevention strategies.

​IMPORTANT: coverage for some types of chemicals can be exempt from certain types of policies. Read your policy or call your agent to ensure the chemicals you use are not excluded from coverage.

Strains and Sprains

Lifting heavy boxes of supplies, moving furniture, or even adjusting equipment can result in strains and sprains. Training employees on proper lifting techniques, providing lifting aids like dollies or carts, and encouraging teamwork can help minimize these injuries.

While the restaurant industry presents unique challenges in terms of workplace safety, proactive measures can significantly reduce the frequency and severity of workers' compensation claims.

By investing in training, safety protocols, appropriate equipment, and worker’s compensation insurance, restaurant owners and managers not only protect their employees but also safeguard the long-term success and reputation of their business in a competitive industry. A safe workplace is a productive workplace where everyone can thrive.

At Sackrison Insurance Agency, we specialize in crafting customized insurance solutions tailored to the unique needs of restaurants. Our experienced agents will work closely with you to assess your risks, identify potential exposures, and recommend the appropriate coverage
options, including Worker’s Compensation insurance.

Don't wait until it's too late. Protect your restaurant and livelihood today with Sackrison Insurance Agency. Contact us to learn more about our comprehensive insurance solutions by calling (888) 332-6609 or visit us at

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