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Most common injuries for restaurant workers

Kentucky is famous for its rich, delicious cuisine. Bourbon balls and deviled eggs are commonplace for any good potluck in the state. You can also enjoy corn pudding, mutton barbecue and more at countless restaurants in Lexington and beyond. 

Waiters, servers and hosts make sure guests have a wonderful experience when they visit a Kentucky restaurant. However, these employees also face unique risks. It is critical for restaurant workers to be aware of the most common injuries they may experience in their lines of work and know how to reduce their risk of each one. 

Back pain

Servers are on their feet for hours at a time. They also typically need to bend down to pick up fallen objects. It is paramount for all restaurant workers to know to bend with their knees, not their backs, any time they need to pick up something. Additionally, it is important for servers to know when something is too heavy. Always ask for help if you suspect you may not be able to carry something to a table. 

Scalds and burns

Servers also generally need to carry hot plates and cups. Carrying these items the wrong way has the potential to result in burns and scalds. It is for this reason that servers should always carry hot plates away from their bodies. That way, if something spills, it hits the floor instead of the body. It is preferable to clean up a small mess than to suffer a burn. 


Restaurant workers commonly have to deal with knives. Glass will break into many tiny pieces, so it is important to pick up every single piece with gloves. You could also use a brush and pan to sweep up any broken objects. This all helps in avoiding lacerations.

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