Many people have a stereotypical view of door staff at pubs and clubs when it comes to physical damage being inflicted. The assumption is that an injured bouncer must have been the victim of the occupational hazards that come with dealing with some extremely drunk and hostile customer, but there are various aspects of the difficult task they perform where negligence can lead to them incurring far more injury than disgruntled punters swinging punches.
As well as guarding front doors from unwelcome guests, bouncers often patrol inside clubs to ensure the general wellbeing of the clientèle. They often have to march up and down stairwells or through bar areas. As they keep an eye on customers, they could easily trip over objects that someone else should have moved out of the way. They might step into areas where there has been a spillage that another employee should have been ordered by management to clean up.
Employers have a duty to ensure that club entrances are marked with demarcation areas, particularly where taxis or other hire vehicles are dropping off customers. If these zones have not been clearly defined, a bouncer could be struck by a car.
How might an injured bouncer be affected?
Despite the popular image of door staff being heavy and muscle bound, they are prone to work-related accidents just like any other employees. They must be active and fit for the type of role they perform. Consequently, when they receive an injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, it can be traumatic. It could impair their ability to do their job properly. Because post-traumatic stress is no respecter of physicality, even the sturdiest bouncer can fall victim to stress and panic attacks following an incident.
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Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown