Why Safe Working Practices Are Important for Bar Workers
Safety in the workplace is important. There are hazards in each and every workplace, from offices to building sites and whilst employers do their level best to prevent injuries, accidents can and do happen.
Working in a pub or a club can be a physically demanding job at times – there’s much more to it than simply pouring pints and serving punters. Much of the hard labour when working in a pub goes on behind the scenes, outside of the view of customers.
Changing barrels and restocking fridges often require some amount of heavy lifting and it’s a fact that the health and safety aspects of such tasks are all too often overlooked by pub landlords – it’s thought that in excess of 50% of employees in pubs and clubs around the UK receive little or no basic health and safety training with regards to lifting heavy items.
Did back in lifting a keg?
Arguably the greatest thing about the great British boozer is the availability of fresh, cool ales on tap. Anybody who has experienced working behind a bar will understand that the beer doesn’t magically flow from nowhere – it takes time to brew and graft to lift a keg to the pump connector.
Back problems are an all too common complaint amongst bar staff and brewery delivery drivers, which is a shame since basic health and safety training can prevent these sorts of injuries. These sorts of complaints are both commonplace and overlooked – Most workers will dismiss an injury as them “doing their back in lifting a keg” and accept it as part of the job, when in reality, it boils down to one thing – negligence on the part of the employer.
Have you suffered an injury at work?
The good news is that legislation is on the side of workers who have injured themselves due to poor working practices. The friendly, professional advisers at Accident Advice Helpline are on hand to help people receive compensation as a result of negligence in the workplace.
If you have suffered an injury as a result of heavy lifting resulting in loss of earnings, you needn’t suffer in silence. Accident Advice Helpline is an accredited law firm which can help you to receive the compensation you are entitled to. All of their lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee basis, so you can rest assured that you won’t pay a penny. Call them on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 23rd July 2013
Author: Jan Newell