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Restaurant: Servers

Carry plates with your elbows close to your body to lessen the strain on your arms and back. Avoid bending at the wrist or extending upward at the fingers. Your
shoulder, arms, and hands should be in a neutral position rather than bent at the wrist or extended upward at the fingers.

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Correct way to carry a tray Incorrect tray placement

Avoid the following

  • Balancing or lifting too many plates or glasses while serving or clearing tables.
  • Balancing or lifting heavy trays above shoulder height.
  • Lifting large, overfilled containers of dirty dishes.
  • Reaching over tables with heavy items.

For more complete information visit the OSHA Page on Youth worker Safety: Servers.

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