Common Casino Workplace Dangers
You’ve been working at the casino for a few months now, and although it can be pretty hectic at times, you absolutely love the atmosphere. Since you are constantly on your toes, there’s very little time to become bored, and your night shifts go by very quickly. Tonight you’re extremely thankful for this since you’re unusually tired and slightly out of it.
As soon as you started your shift at 1:00 a.m. you started to count down the minutes until you could go home. Around 3:30 a.m. you had a small adrenaline rush as security took down a thief 15 feet from where you were standing. But after about 20 minutes you were back to being tired.
It’s now 6:00 a.m. and you only have three hours left of your shift. Well, at least you thought you had three hours left. As you turned the corner by the slot machines, your foot ended up tangled in a loose cord and you tripped. Time seemed to slow down as you went flying through the air. You heard a loud “pop” from your ankle, and a deafening “thud” as your face slammed into a gaming chair.
The next thing you know—you’re lying on a gurney, with two ice packs on your leg and head, about to be transported to Christus.
Did you seriously just break your ankle by tripping over a slot machine? Who does that?
Common Casino Work Place Risks
Casinos are basically a playground for adults to act crazy, release their inhibitions, and run around with excitement. Although it sounds like a fun time to let loose and party, when you work at a casino, this chaos can quickly become hazardous. That is why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has specific safety guidelines especially for casinos and hotels attached to casinos. Unfortunately, these safety protocols are sometime not enough to combat the plethora of risks associated with gambling establishments.
These risks include:
- Repetitive motion injuries. If you’re a dealer, server, or bartender you could suffer from muscle and tendon damage as a result of doing the same actions day in and day out. The repetitive motion can put excess strain on your muscles causing them to fatigue, cramp, or snap.
- Slip and fall accidents. Casinos have many areas in which slip and fall accidents can occur. Gaming areas, pool areas, and parking lots are all good examples. They are the most common types of casino accidents and generally result in sprained and broken ankles and bones, head injuries, or bumps and bruises.
- Food poisoning. Many casinos serve food in order to keep players happy, satiated, and in the gaming area. Unfortunately, with the amount of food they serve, the risk of undercooked dishes—cooked too quickly in order to get it out—is alarmingly high, especially for employees. In addition, just as with the guests, employees can run the risk that food is left out too long, prepared under unsanitary conditions, or handled by other employees with unclean hands, all of which can cause food poisoning.
- Burns. Many casinos still permit patrons to smoke inside the gambling areas. When smoking guests aren't careful—or they are intoxicated—they can bump into servers, dealers, or other employees causing burns from lit cigarettes. Another burn risk is from faulty electrical equipment and cords from slot machines, card shufflers, and electronic games.
- Assault. The combination of free booze, competitiveness, and large amounts of money can make any situation palpable for assault. However, with open encouragement for intoxication and chaotic lights, music, and crowds—casinos are ripe for violent behavior. Regrettably employees must face this danger on a daily basis and can easily get caught up in the assaults.
Getting Help to Change Your Luck
When you become injured, or ill as a direct result of workplace negligence, your employer must be held accountable. However, sometimes he, or his insurance company may try to lower your odds of getting the benefits you deserve by confusing the issue, shifting the blame to you, or just denying your claim altogether. Thankfully, you don’t have to fold and let the house win. If you call us, you’ll have an ace up your sleeve.
We know how confusing, ruthless, and arrogant employers can be when dealing with workers’ compensation claims. Let our know-how and experience help get you the compensation you need for your injuries. Call today for a free consultation and review of your case. You’re entitled to benefits and you shouldn’t have to gamble on your employer doing the right thing. Let us make sure you get all that you deserve.
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