The Delivery area of a restaurant offers
young workers an opportunity for developing skills in communication,
material handling, and inventory control. Young workers in this area
may also be exposed to the following hazards:
Remember: Child labor
laws do not permit
workers younger than 18 to operate forklifts or
workers younger than 16 to
load or unload goods on
or off trucks, railcars, or
Workers can injure themselves during
reaching and lifting of heavy loads
while unloading and stacking supplies
for restaurants. The risk of injury
increase if done in awkward
Employers have the
primary responsibility for protecting
the safety and health of their workers.
Employees are responsible for following
the safe work practices of their
A palletizer on a pallet jack lifts the
load to a convenient level
lift with your back
Avoid lifting while twisting
items on lower shelves.
goods on the top shelves.
Stack items used
most frequently at a convenient
Get help lifting
Use a stool or
ladder to access items on shelves.
Do not stand on chairs or boxes
that might tip over.
Lighten the load
to be lifted by encouraging
employer to purchase smaller and
therefore lighter cartons of
Use proper lifting techniques
when performing manual lifts to
minimize the risk to the back.
However, a heavy load (35
pounds or more for young
workers) can cause injury even
with perfect technique. Do not
manually lift heavy loads
alone; get help.
Use handrails if
traveling on stairs, avoid undue
speed, and carry only items that
you can safely see over.
Limit lifting by
hand. Use hand carts
when moving products. Have
employees 18 or older use any
available mechanical equipment
such as lift assist devices,
forklifts, and pallet jacks to
help with lifting and