As someone who works in fast food, you may not realize just how many dangers there are around you. There is hot oil and a fryer that could cause serious burns, hot stove tops and equipment, sharp knives and slippery floors.
If you end up getting cut, burning yourself or falling at work, you have the right to seek medical attention. Depending on how much work you miss and the severity of your injuries, you may also be able to seek compensation through workers’ compensation.
What are the most common fast-food workplace hazards?
Some of the most common fast-food workplace hazards include:
- Cutting yourself with sharp objects during food preparation
- Falling slick floors covered in oil or that are wet from being mopped
- Getting burned on hot ovens, trays, fryers or other equipment
- Chemical burns or related issues from using bleach, dishwashing products and cleaning products
- Customers, who may cause stress or be violent against the workers
These are just a few of the risks you face working in fast food. You may want to discuss them with your employer if you haven’t gotten hurt but want to know how to keep yourself safe.
What should you do if you get hurt on the job?
If you get hurt while working, you can ask your employer to seek medical attention right away. If it’s an emergency, call 911 and wait for the ambulance or medical team to arrive.
Your employer should report the injury to the workers’ compensation provider and help you start a claim for your medical care as soon as possible. When you get to meet with a medical provider, make sure to let them know that you suffered an injury at work. They’ll prepare the appropriate documents to help you with your workers’ compensation claim.
What should you do if your employer doesn’t want to help?
If you are having issues with your employer not wanting you to file for workers’ compensation, let your attorney help. They may be able to step in to help you get your claim moving forward and make sure your employer is complying with the law.