There are various scenarios that could lead to an injured barman. The nature of their work means that they are often expected to work in busy situations. As they serve alcohol to large groups of people, it is inevitable that sooner or later someone might well have a bit too much to drink and start to lose control of their ability to behave sensibly. Where someone has dropped a glass, it is usually a barman’s responsibility to go over and sweep up the remains. When this is happening in a busy bar full of other distractions, the worker might not notice a shard and end up cutting themselves.
Bar staff have to deal with different mechanical devices. This includes glass washing devices, and if the premises also serves food microwaves and dishwashers. Any of these have the capacity to inflict injury if they are poorly maintained. Glass washers can spill liquid onto a floor surface. In the case of linoleum tiles, pools will form; these can be slid upon, bringing the victim down heavily. All electrical equipment has the potential to malfunction, inflicting shock injuries. It is the management’s responsibility to ensure that every part of a pub or club is risk assessed to try and pre-empt incidents.
What are some longer-term possibilities?
An injured barman may take considerable time to recuperate from his injuries. If he has received cuts, bruising or fractured bones, he may be incapacitated for several weeks and unable to return to his job if, for instance, he is wearing a plaster cast. But while physical injuries will heal in time, a less obvious aspect of being involved in an accident in a pub or bar is the potential for psychological damage. Being signed off work for any amount of time can also lead to a loss of income. Coupled with the shock of having to undergo hospital treatment, this can lead to problems such as anxiety and stress.
Where to go for the best advice
If you have been injured while working in a bar, you may have the right to claim compensation if your employer was negligent. The good news is that provided this happened within the past three years and was a result of someone else’s fault, you may well qualify for a no win no fee claim. In order to assess your chances, you should contact Accident Advice Helpline by phoning us for free on 0800 689 0500. Our team of compensation claims solicitors will look into your case and advise accordingly.
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown