Some cooking accidents are more irritating than others, especially those that evoke a reaction of embarrassed wonder and the thought, ‘Did I really just do that?’. Here are a few examples of such annoying accidents in the kitchen
Removing something from a hot oven is without doubt one of the most likely scenarios to end up in stupefying, annoying and often extremely painful injuries by burning. While everybody knows that bare skin and hot temperatures do not mix safely, few people can honestly say they have never brushed against an open oven door; reached into the oven to remove a hot pan or tray with one hand while wearing an oven glove on the other hand, or tried to move a hot tray or pan seconds after taking it out of the oven.
Many trip and slip injuries at work go unreported because people are too embarrassed to admit that they suffered an injury by tripping or slipping over something they just dropped or spilled.
Injury by electrocution
In a similar manner, people often refrain from reporting electrocution accidents because they are aware that having to tell someone that they tried to remove toast stuck in the toaster with the help of a metal knife, screwdriver or similar object while the toaster was still plugged in will make them look extremely silly.
Injuries by scalding
Knocking over or dropping a pot full of boiling liquid is another kitchen accident few people like to admit to, as this kind of irritating, but potentially very serious accident is often the result of pure clumsiness.
Injuries by cutting
Cutting a finger or palm while using a razor-sharp knife to cut a roll or bagel held in one hand is, especially if combined with a crooked, awkward cutting angle, is equally irritating, embarrassing and potentially serious.
Many of these examples are the result of carelessness, inattentiveness or sheer clumsiness. Some work accidents in kitchens are, however, the result of lacking protective gear (oven gloves, etc); poorly maintained equipment (electrical faults; insecure pot and pan handles); inadequate training in handling equipment (knives, appliances) or lack of housekeeping or safety procedures (slip and trip hazards).
If you suffered an injury at work in a kitchen through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to claim for industrial injury compensation. Get advice on claiming for compensation from Accident Advice Helpline by calling their free phone number now.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice