Most fast-food workers injured, burned on the job: report
Longmeadow, MA – A majority of fast-food workers have suffered an injury while on the job within the past year, a new report from the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health indicates.
Researchers surveyed nearly 1,500 adults who worked in a non-managerial position at fast-food restaurants throughout the country. Eighty-seven percent of workers said they have experienced a workplace injury in the past year, and 78 percent said they suffered multiple injuries during the same period.
Additionally, 79 percent said they were burned while working within the past year, and 58 percent said they suffered multiple burns.
Other findings include:
- 51 percent of workers said their employer could make the job safer.
- 33 percent of burn victims said their managers suggested “inappropriate” treatment for burns, such as applying mustard, mayonnaise or ketchup instead of burn ointment.
- 36 percent of workers said their workplace lacked a stocked, accessible first aid kit.
- 36 percent said they suffered a burn because pressure from management made them work too quickly to be safe.
- 29 percent said they suffered a burn because the restaurant was understaffed.