Catering and hospitality personal injury claim solicitors.
If you work in the catering or hospitality industries, the hours are often long, with demanding customers wanting food, drinks and entertainment around the clock.
It is no surprise that common accidents and injuries in the catering and hospitality industry include: – Slips, trips and falls, on liquids that have not been mopped up, and objects such as catering trolleys, and food items left where they are a danger to employees – Lifting and manual handling injuries, and – Burns and scalds from contact with hot surfaces and liquids.
If you or a member of your family work in the catering and hospitality industry, from a restaurant, to a fast food takeaway, and you have suffered a personal injury at work, in the last 3 years, contact MG Legal - we accept all claims for personal injury in the workplace, on a no win no fee basis, with no financial risk to you.
What is the most common injury in hospitality?
Slips, Trips and Falls
If spills aren't cleaned up straight away, they represent a serious health risk for employees, with more than a third of personal injuries to catering and hospitality employees, being slip, trip and fall related, making spillages the most common workplace hazard in this industry, with the most often injured being the kitchen staff, chefs and employees who are waiters and waitresses, the ‘waiting on’ staff. The bad news is that slips, trips and falls are often the initiators of accidents attributed to other causes, such as falling into moving machinery, scalding as a result of dropping hot liquids, or colliding with hot objects, such as cookers and pans, and falls from height.
Injuries caused by slips, trips and falls: The most common injuries sustained are broken arms, from landing awkwardly, cuts, bumps and lacerations, broken teeth, head injuries, and fractures and concussion.
Slipping, falling and tripping injuries are so common in the workplace, that the Health and Safety Executive have a slips and trips, hazard spotting checklist.
Does my employer have a duty to keep me safe from injury?
The short answer is yes. Your employer has a duty to keep all employees and visitors to your place of work, as safe and free from personal injury as possible.
In order to comply with their common law, and statutory duties, including The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992, The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992, The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995, your employer must carry out regular risk assessments and ensure that a safe system of work is in operation. If not, and you suffer a personal injury at work, then your employer is probably negligent, and you could pursue a claim for personal injury against their employers' liability insurance.
In relation to tripping, slipping and falling accidents in the workplace, employers must carry out risk assessments, on a regular basis, such as checking outdoor areas to see if paths are prone to ice build-up during winter months, and if fire escapes slippery when wet, and corridors and interior walkways to ensure the tiles or flooring stuck down properly, and not curling at the edges, or leaving gaps for employees to fall down. Are there any trip hazards around workstations or in corridors and walkways, eg trailing cables, boxes, deliveries, equipment or other objects? Are light levels too low to see the floor surface clearly? Are spillages left on the floor for some time before they are cleaned up? Do bin bags/cleaning equipment in walkways create trip hazards?
The catering and hospitality industries are often busy, noisy places to work, with late nights, and employees working long hours, simply to please the general public. This is why accidents happen, and the catering and hospitality industries rank as the 7th most dangerous industry to work in, by the Health and Safety Executive.
How about manual handling injuries?
The Health and Safety Executive list the main causes of musculoskeletal injuries to the neck and back in the catering and hospitality industry as follows:
• stacking/unstacking containers (such as boxes, roll cages, crates and sacks, large
deliveries of stock);
• pulling or pushing wheeled trollies and racks (such as oven racks and trolleys of
• handling drinks containers (such as delivery of casks, kegs and crates, and
changing barrels of beer);
• packing products (such as cheese, confectionery and biscuits);
• cutting, boning and jointing meats and poultry.
Knives, cuts and the catering industry
Probably the most dangerous and unforgiving item in the catering industry, MG Legal’s expert personal injury team have successfully claimed personal injury compensation for hundreds of kitchen workers, and catering employees who have not been offered Personal Protective Equipment, and suffered cuts, and deep lacerations, often resulting in missing fingers, and other serious personal injury in the workplace. What is an easily avoidable risk, is often overlooked by many employers, putting hard-working kitchen staff, at risk of harm.
The majority of injuries involving knifes in the catering industry, are as a result of a lack of established safety procedures, missing or ill-fitting Personal Protective Equipment or employees rushing to keep up with demanding workloads.
Why should I choose MG Legal for my personal injury claim?
With a success rate in excess of 99%, our reputation is one we are very proud of, and MG Legal’s solicitors are the envy of many solicitors, nationwide.
The personal injury team at MG Legal handle personal injury claims for clients who are injured at work, on a daily basis; so it's safe to say that we know what we are doing, From simple soft-tissue whiplash claims, to catastrophic injuries, choose MG Legal and you will have the undivided attention of our specialist personal injury solicitors. Our team do not simply clock off and go home at 5pm- we are often here long into the night, investigating claims, and winning personal injury compensation for our clients.
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