Anyone in the pub trade can face a variety of potentially dangerous situations, but for many reasons employees working in late night bars can be particularly prone to hazards. The nature of the clientèle they are serving can sometimes lead to injured nightclub staff. These venues are traditionally where younger people head to spend the remainder of their night out, after having already spent considerable time drinking. When they are under the influence, they don’t have to be actively looking for trouble in order to make a nuisance of themselves. Staff often pay the price for the carelessness of customers.
When people have been drinking to excess, they are more likely to make mistakes. A pint left precariously close to a ledge while someone goes to the toilet might be knocked over. The management have a duty to ensure that customers and employees are kept safe at all times, so a supervisor should ensure that a designated person is sent to clear away the potential hazard. However, if this is not done quickly, another member of staff could inadvertently slip into the pool. Where glass has been shattered, this could cause severe injury.
How can this bar work be made safer?
The fact is that most of the circumstances that could lead to injured nightclub staff cannot only be anticipated — steps should be taken to prevent them happening. Management should look into the club environment and identify areas where their employees could be at risk from accidents. It is very easy for floor surfaces to become damaged with the constant flow of punters traipsing to and from the bar areas gyrating on the dance floor and spilling drinks there, and there should be regular inspections to ensure that there are no areas where staff could unwittingly trip over.
Have you considered a claim?
Receiving injuries while at work is always an upsetting experience. Naturally, you assume that your employer will be safeguarding you, so when anything untoward happens, you may well feel entitled to some form of recompense. This is where Accident Advice Helpline can step in to provide no-obligation advice. When you call us on our freephone number – 0800 689 0500 – we guarantee to have your details studied by our legal team. These cases always proceed on a no win no fee basis, and there is rarely any requirement for a court appearance.
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown