The staff is the heart and soul of any restaurant. Whether it’s the chefs and line cooks who turn out amazing food, the wait staff who keep the customers happy, or the office crew who keep everything running smoothly, your people are incredibly important to you.
No restaurant owner wants to see anyone get hurt on the job: not only is it awful to see a coworker hurt, it can also lead to a costly workers’ compensation claim. Here are a few ways to reduce your workers’ injuries—and your cost:
• Get training: Take the extra time to train your employees in the safest way to do their jobs. Maybe it’s a way of carrying trays to avoid back injuries, or maybe it’s how to properly use that shiny new meat grinder. Regardless of the job, a little extra training can prevent a lot of extra injuries.
• Get smart: Keep a count of where and when injuries occur. Is there a loose mat in the kitchen that causes slips, or are there frequent burn injuries? You may see a physical problem that needs fixing, or an area where more training is needed
• Get help: Still have persistent claims that won’t seem to go away? Your agent can help coordinate a visit from ERIE’s risk control. Risk control consultants can help you perform a safety audit, provide training, help with accident investigation and generally make your life easier.
• Get covered: An Erie Insurance employee liability and workers’ compensation policy covers employees’ costs in the case of injury, and will even help you settle cases and defend you in court.
Keep the heart and soul of your restaurant safe. For more information about how workers’ compensation claims affect your business, call us at 410-897-9890.