A bar may not seem like a dangerous place to work, but in fact, as with any workplace, there are a number of hazards which could pose a risk to personal safety. It’s your employer’s duty to provide you with a safe working environment and protect you as much as possible whilst carrying out your role, but there are also a number of steps which employees should take to protect themselves at work. Here are some of the dangers of working in a bar that you may not have considered.
- Personal security – if you’re working at front of house, you could be at risk of violence, verbal abuse or even robbery. Staff should be trained to manage difficult customers and know when to call for help. Glasses should be collected regularly and cashing up carried out regularly and out of sight.
- Manual handling – you could be injured by lifting heavy barrels or kegs. Your employer should provide you with manual handling training as well as trolleys and other equipment for moving heavy items.
- Dangers from pressurised equipment. Beer pumps should be maintained and checked regularly, and all staff should be trained in how to use them properly.
- Noise – you could suffer temporary or permanent damage to your hearing from working in a noisy club or bar with loud music. You should ensure you are allowed regular breaks in a quiet place to prevent this from happening.
- Slips, trips and falls can occur due to breakages or spillages, and it’s important to ensure that equipment is well-maintained to prevent leaks, and that spillages are cleaned up straight away.
- Falls from height could occur when reaching for stock on high shelves. Stepladders should always be provided and well-maintained, and cellar hatches closed and locked after deliveries.
Injured in an accident at work
Whether you cut yourself on a broken glass or fall from a faulty stepladder, if your employer has been negligent and this has led to your injury, you could claim for compensation. Accident Advice Helpline should be your first port of call – we’re open 24/7 and can offer confidential advice with no obligation to proceed.
How we can help
We’ll be able to tell you within 30 seconds whether your claim is viable, and can help you to gather information supporting your claim for compensation. So whether you’ve slipped on a wet floor or been assaulted by a customer, we can help, and our 100% no win, no fee service ensures you don’t need to worry about paying fees upfront.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 22, 2013
Author: David Brown