Bars and Clubs
Working in a bar or club holds a unique set of challenges. The introduction of alcohol to any environment makes it much more important to follow all health and safety procedures to the letter. You are not only responsible for your own safety but the safety of all the customers visiting your workplace. A few of the most common types of injury in a pub or club environment include:
- Slips, Trips or Falls
- Electric Shock
There are a few steps to take in order to keep everyone safe within a pub or club. These include:
- Making sure all spills are wiped up as soon as they happen
- Ensuring all electric cables and other obstructions are tidied away in a safe place
- Clean up any broken glass as soon as possible
- Thoroughly clean all bar, kitchen and bathroom areas regularly to ensure cleanliness and reduce the chance of slips, trips or falls.
- Ensure all unsafe areas are locked down to reduce the chance of anyone getting injured by wandering into a dangerous environment
In the event of any accident at work we always advise you seek medical attention first. Make sure your accident is recorded in the accident book if not at the time of accident then as soon as possible afterwards.
The accident book is very important when making a claim for compensation. Although the compensation is not dependant on an entry in the accident book it will certainly help us to present your case with as much evidence as possible.
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It is your employer’s duty of care to ensure that all staff working in their bar/club/pub are kept safe. It is especially important in these environments due to the number of drunken people on the premises, who may start to behave violently or aggressively, depending on their brains reaction to the consumption of alcohol. Employees of bars and clubs could be injured due to assault of customers, in a sexual or physical way.
Spilt drinks are a common occurrence in clubs and bars, which can cause slips trips and falls, especially in the dim lighting conditions. Your employer should inspect and clean all floors and surfaces regularly to avoid any risk of injuries.
Broken glasses can be hard to see in the dim lighting that is provided in pubs bars and clubs. Broken glass can be very harmful and cause injuries such as lacerations. As an employer, you should ensure that an efficient inspection and cleaning system is put in place, to avoid any risk of injuries as a result of broken glass.
If you have been injured whilst at work, due to any of the above reasons, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. In order to do this, there must be sufficient evidence that the injury was a result of your employer’s negligence, or your employer must admit liability.