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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Advice for chefs and waiters: Steering clear of trouble in the kitchen


    Those employed in the catering industry are in regular contact with hazards that can be the cause of accidents at work and, as such, personal injury.

    From slips, trips and falls to scalds, burns, cuts and bruises, the kitchen presents a myriad risks presented to chefs and waiting staff alike.

    Kitchen-related risks – why so many?

    The nature of the catering business involves a combination of factors that together create a high-risk working environment.

    The catering sector typically aims to serve the public with food and beverages, while offering a speedy, efficient service.

    Working at a fast pace can often cause accidents, and the severity of these incidents are only heightened by the type of equipment and tools, appliances and activity, that feature in a working kitchen.

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    Types of kitchen accidents

    Once kitchen hazards have been recognised it is easier to establish the kind of injury that can be sustained while working.

    As you can imagine, chefs work with sharp tools including knives regularly each day. It goes without saying that at times they may suffer from lacerations, causing an open wound that may require medical treatment.

    Spillages can affect all members of the catering team as the risk of slips and falls in the kitchen rises due to wet, unmaintained flooring.

    Working with high temperatures and flames, chefs and catering staff also run the risk of scalds and burns.

    Knowing your rights

    If you have been injured in a kitchen accident and you believe you are not to blame for the incident, you may be within your rights to claim compensation for the hurt you suffered.

    Employers have a responsibility to ensure the health and safety of their employees while at work, and if the working environment, operations, or staff training can be proven to be inadequate, you may have a valid case for a claim.

    Accident Advice Helpline can help you determine if you have a case worth pursuing, however, in most cases if you can prove the liability lies with the employer and the incident occurred within the last three years, you stand in good stead for a successful compensation claim.

    Where to start

    Get online today and visit Accident Advice Helpline’s website, where you will find a compensation calculator tool known as the ’30-second test’. In just a few moments, Accident Advice Helpline can collate enough information to determine if your claim is likely to be successful.

    Alternatively, to discuss your claim with a member of their expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.

    Date Published: January 13, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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