At one time in our working career, many of us have worked in the food service industry. It’s practically a rite of passage as a teenager’s first job, pays tuition for numerous college students, and serves as a full-time career for many adults. In fact, approximately 9.7 million people in the United States work in the dining and beverage service industry. Though there are many advantages to these jobs, there are multiple drawbacks as well. Long hours, sore feet, and demanding customers are just a few of the downsides of the industry. A greater concern, however, is the number of safety and health hazards faced by food service workers.
Every July, millions of Americans end their Independence Day celebrations with a display of fireworks. Most of us have great memories of fireworks -- sitting on a blanket under a canopy of color or using a sparkler to write our names in the air with glowing letters. However, every year the holiday also brings with it injuries and damages related to fireworks. In 2008 alone, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported seven deaths and around 7,000 injuries from fireworks. Of those injured, 40% were children under the age of fifteen. More than half of the injuries were burns, with hands and eyes the most reported areas of injury. Also in 2008, approximately 22,500 fires were caused by fireworks, resulting in $42 million in property damage. With these staggering numbers, it becomes evident both handlers and spectators must take certain precautions with fireworks.