A survey of 1,500 adults conducted by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health found that the majority of fast food workers had suffered a burn injury while on the job. The workers, who consisted of a survey group across the country, held non-managerial positions, and 79 percent reported that they had suffered a burn injury on the job within the last year alone. Other troubling findings included the following:
- 87 percent were injured on the job in the last year;
- 78 percent suffered multiple injuries within the last year; and
- 58 percent suffered multiple burn injuries within the last year.
Lack of Safety Measures
It is one thing to get injured on the job due to an accident—an incident that is both unintentional and unexpected, such as slipping on a just-spilled soft drink. However, it is another when the injury occurred due to employer negligence in the form of unsafe working conditions. An unsafe working condition can include any of the following:
- Lack of cleanliness in the workplace;
- A managing system that rushes employees to an unsafe degree, resulting in slips, trips, burns, or other mistakes caused by speed or exhaustion (36 percent of burn victims said that they were burned due to pressure from managers to work too quickly to be safe);
- Dangerous machinery and/or lack of safety protocol;
- Understaffing (29 percent of burn victims said that they suffered a burn injury because the fast food restaurant was understaffed);
- Lack of safety equipment; and
- Poor job training.
The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health survey found that 51 percent of fast food employees believed that their employer could have made the job safer. In fact, of the burn victims, 33 percent said that their managers suggested inappropriate types of treatment for their burns, such as lathering mayonnaise, mustard, or ketchup on the wound instead of actual burn medication or bandages. Moreover, 36 percent of fast food workers reported that their workplace was not stocked with an accessible first aid kit.
Teenage workers suffer the most workplace injuries within the restaurant industry, and 63 percent of those injuries are caused in fast food restaurants, according to a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health survey. Younger, less experienced workers are more likely to not only be injured on the job, but are less likely to report their injury due to fear of retaliation from their employer. The fast food industry banks on cheap, young, and (in their eye) disposable employees where working conditions are unsafe and most injuries end up going unreported.
Call Maryland Workers Compensation Attorney Tara K. Frame
Whether you were burned on the job, suffered a cut or slip and fall, became exhausted in the heat and fainted, or were injured in any other way, you have the right to workers’ compensation . We urge you to contact the Pasadena personal injury attorneys at Frame & Frame today for help at 410-255-0373.