Bartending in general is considered a safe vocation but like many other jobs there are inherent dangers associated with it. Injuries in this type of role vary but can include:
- Slips, trips and falls
- Cuts from broken glass
- Burns from equipment
- Electric Shock
Alongside these injuries bartenders can be exposed to various cleaning solutions and chemicals which have been known to harm your health. Symptoms of harmful exposure include:
- Skin reactions
- Lung damage
In the event of any accident at work, we always advise that 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 dependent on an entry in the accident book it will certainly help us to be able to present your case with as much evidence as possible.
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A common injury obtained bartenders obtain is cuts/ slices. This is due to their working conditions; wet hands, sharp knives and dim lighting.
Repetitive strain injuries can also be common if this profession has been practiced by somebody for a while. The most common cause of repetitive strain injury is the continuous shaking of cocktails and drinks. Shaking may be a simple action, but can cause severe damage to the wrists and arms as it is a quick, sharp move. Ryan, a bartender from London explains ‘After shaking a couple of hundred cocktails every day, I began having unbearable pains in my shoulder. There was a huge swelling and no doctor was able to pinpoint the cause. In the end, I had an MRI scan which informed me that I had shattered my sternoclavicular joint, pulling my muscles out of place.’
Shockingly, tasting cocktails can also lead to an injury which you can claim compensation for. Many cocktails are filled with citric acid and fruits, which can have terrible effects on tooth enamel, resulting in high intensity tooth pain, tooth loss, and expensive tooth care and repair. Tasting these citric drinks every night as a living, can have severe effects on your teeth, as you can imagine, which you may be able to make a claim for compensation for.
Another cause of injury as a bartender, is chopping up fruits. Bartenders, and especially those tending at large events, are exposed to citric acids regularly, and in large quantities, which can cause erosion of the skin. A bartender, Giles Looker said: ‘Pineapples are the worst offender. I have worked on many tiki bars and large-scale events where we’ve had to core over 700 pineapples. The acid in the pineapples corrodes the skin and after a while, your hands just begin to erode away.’