Young Worker Safety in Restaurants
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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:
 
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Slips/Trips/Falls
Potential Hazard

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No Operators under 18 years old 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 conveyors.

Workers can injure themselves from slips, trips, or falls, while loading or unloading supplies in the delivery area or storage area, or in the parking lot. Variable weather conditions add to the potential hazards.

Possible Solutions


Young Worker Solutions
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 employers. 
  • Be aware of outside conditions if unloading outside; wear sun protection if sunny, and coats, gloves, boots if wet or cold.

  • Wear appropriate non-slip footwear.

  • Keep walking surfaces free of ice and snow.

  • Carry items only at a height over which you can safely see.

  • Use no-skid waxes and surfaces coated with grit to create non-slip surfaces in slippery areas.

  • Eliminate cluttered or obstructed hallways or walkways.

  • Do not block hallways with delivery items.

  • Use proper lifting techniques.

Employer Solutions
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 employers. 

Follow OSHA Standards including:
  • The Walking/Working Surfaces Standard [1910.22(a)(1)]: Keep all places of employment clean and orderly and in a sanitary condition.
    • Keep floors clean and dry [1910.22(a)(2)]. 
    • Keep aisles and passageways clear and in good repair, with no obstruction across or in aisles that could create a hazard [1910.22(a)].

  • Keep exits free from obstruction. Access to exits must remain clear of obstructions at all times [1910.37(a)(3)].
Follow the child labor laws that do not permit workers: Consider implementing recommended safe work practices, including:
  • Provide floor plugs or ceiling plugs for equipment so power cords need not run across pathways.

  • Re-lay or stretch carpets that bulge or have become bunched to prevent tripping hazards.

  • Provide adequate lighting.
Book For more information, see General Hazards - Slips/Trips/Falls.


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