My first job working as a hostess in a restaurant seemed simple enough; greet customers and seat them at a table. Thinking there wasn't any danger in my job, I didn't think twice about saying yes when asked to bring food to a table. Walking into the kitchen, I didn’t even notice how slippery the floors were. It wasn't until I was on my way out with a hot plate in each hand that I slipped and the food I was carrying spilled all over me. As the fries fell, all I could think about was how lucky I was that I hadn’t been carrying hot soup.
Looking back on it, in trying to perform a task that I hadn’t been trained for, I put myself at an unnecessary risk for a serious injury. Had I not been too afraid to refuse unsafe work and instead, asked my supervisor how to approach it safely, I would have been told I wasn’t wearing the proper footwear and shouldn't have even entered the kitchen.
-Contributed by Catherine