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Common hazards in the hospitality industry


If you work in the hospitality industry, you may be employed back of house as a chef or kitchen porter, or front of house as waiting or bar staff. Whatever your role, there are some common hazards in the hospitality industry that you should be aware of. It’s up to your employer to ensure you’re safe at work, which means carrying out risk assessments and taking steps to reduce the risks you face on a daily basis. If you’ve suffered an injury after a workplace accident and you feel like your employer is to blame, making a claim for personal injury compensation could be an option.


How could you be injured?

Over the past 15 years and more, Accident Advice Helpline has helped hundreds of workers claim compensation for an accident at work. Here are just a few of the most common hazards in the hospitality industry that we’ve encountered during that time:

  • Sharp objects such as knives, slicing machines etc. which could cause lacerations or even the loss of a finger
  • Slip, trip and fall hazards such as a wet floor, damaged flooring or trailing cables
  • Broken glass or crockery which could cause lacerations
  • Contaminated food – poorly cooked or prepared food or cross-contamination between cooked and raw meat could cause food poisoning
  • Faulty tools or equipment – For example a faulty blender or kettle could cause an electric shock or burns/scalds
  • Manual handling – Manual handling injuries are common if staff have not been properly trained to lift heavy or bulky items
  • Hot pans and appliances, which could cause burns or scalds

If you’ve been injured, you have three years in which to make a personal injury claim, so don’t delay.


Claiming compensation after a workplace accident

As you can see there are plenty of common hazards in the hospitality industry, but these don’t necessarily have to lead to an accident. If you have been injured after an accident at work and you feel your employer is to blame, why not pick up the phone and give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 5659? It’s free to call us and we’re open 24/7, so you can get confidential, no-obligation advice, however you have been injured at work.

With over 15 years’ experience specialising in personal injury claims, we’re on hand to help you get the compensation you deserve, and you don’t need to have sustained serious injuries to make a claim. Anybody can make a personal injury claim, provided that it can be proven somebody else is liable for their accident.