Restaurant Industry Safety & Health - Home & Outgoing Deliveries

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  • Delivery drivers.
  • Mobile food service workers.
  • Caterers.
  • Supervisors/Managers.

Motor vehicle and workplace violence incidents are the most serious hazards to restaurant and other food service workers who deliver orders to homes or businesses.

Fatal motor vehicle traffic collisions are the leading cause of work-related deaths in Washington.  In the United States, more than 2,400 people die every year due to on-the-job vehicular crashes.  Cell phone use and texting, distracted driving, speeding, unsafe lane changes and a lack of knowledge about the vehicle are among the common causes of work-related motor vehicle crashes.

Delivery drivers are also exposed to robberies and assaults.  They usually work alone, may deliver to addresses in high-crime areas, work during late night or early morning hours, and they exchange money with customers.

Drivers who also work routinely or occasionally in the front-or back-of-the-house should view hazard information and resources in those sections as well.

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