Restaurant workers injured on the job- Maryland Workers Comp

Restaurant Workers Injured at Work in Maryland

Given the fast pace environment and often hectic atmosphere it is no surprise when I hear that a restaurant worker was injured at work.  An observation of any Baltimore Cheesecake Factory, Outback Steakhouse, Applebees, or or TGIFridays on a Friday or Saturday night will prove Restaurant workers do indeed face certain risks of injury while working.  While injuries vary in degree and frequency, bus boys, dish washers, cooks, line chef’s and servers all face some risk of injury.

To ensure that workers compensation benefits are obtained chefs or cooks injured in Maryland should consult a workers compensation attorney.

Cooks/Chefs injured while working in Baltimore Restaurants

Cooks and Chefs are exposed to multiple dangers while working in the kitchen.  The demands of the hungry patron coupled with the encouragement of the servers puts Chefs and Cooks under an enormous amount of pressure to get the food prepared quickly.  The heat and flames from the oven, grill, stove, and fryers often lead to burns.  On more severe instances the burns can lead to disfigurement and scarring or even nerve damage.  Maryland workers compensation laws provide the right to compensation for the injured chef and cook.

Other common injuries sustained by Cooks/Chefs are lacerations, cuts, and amputations and sprains.  Presumably they sustain minor cuts on a regular basis, however there certainly is the chance of cutting off a finger, or severing nerves.  Constant lifting of frozen products which are often packaged in bulk can lead to hernia, back, shoulder, neck, and arm injuries.  Repeated use of cooking utensils such as a knife can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome or cubital tunnel syndrome.

Servers injured while working on the job in Baltimore Restaurants

Servers and waitress’ are also vulnerable to injury on the job while working for Restaurants in the Baltimore and DC metropolitan area.  Quality restaurants and chain restaurants tend to be fast paced as a result of the high volume of patrons and their demands.  To keep customers satisfied servers and waitresses will often rush around the restaurant carrying trays of food, beverages, hot meals, and breakable glass.

Attorney Andrew M. Rodabaugh has experience representing injured waiters and waitresses and knows first hand of the risks inherent in their job.  One such case involved a waiter who fell carrying a tray of food.  He ended up severing his finger from a piece of broken glass.  The loss of a finger can be devastating for an employee however this particular injured worker was reluctant to pity himself.  He was lucky because his head was only a few inches from going through a glass door.

Waitress’ and Waiters often slip on spilled food or drinks, burn themselves on hot dishes, and collide with each other when turning corners.  While most of these incidents could be prevented unfortunately injuries continue to occur while working in the Restaurant industry.

Bus Boys and Dish Washers injured while working in Baltimore Restaurants

It seems less often than servers and food preparation workers, but bus boys and dish washers do occasionally get hurt on the job as well.  They are susceptible to the same risks with the occupation such as slip and falls on spilled good or beverage, burns, and lacerations.  Again, handling glass wear or  cutlery in a fast paced environment can lead to injury.  

What can Maryland Restaurant workers and employers do to prevent further injury to servers, cooks, chefs, bus boys, and dish washers? 

  • To prevent collisions when turning corners have a mandatory warning call anyone approaching the corner must call out.  Blind spot mirrors can also do the trick.
  • Have adequate first aid supplies available at all times.
  • Have numerous wet floor signs stationed throughout the restaurant.
  • Designate a staff member responsible for cleaning up spills.
  • Provide adequate protective gear for those exposes to certain hazards such as industrial strength oven mittens, gloves for dishwashers and bus boys.
  • Mandatory two person jobs such as carrying food trays that weight over x pounds.
  • To the extent possible slow the working pace.


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