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Working conditions for food service workers have improved greatly, as more restaurants have been air-conditioned and modernized and many labor-saving techniques have become available. However, this occupational group is still subject to certain work hazards. These may include burns from heat and steam; cuts and injuries from knives, glassware, and other equipment; and sometimes hard falls from rushing on slippery floors. The job also requires lifting heavy trays of food, dishes, and water glasses, as well as a great deal of bending and stooping. In some cases, employees may work near steam tables or hot ovens.

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