A restaurant kitchen can be a pretty dangerous place. With pans of hot water and oil bubbling away, cookers on full blast and staff rushing about the get the orders made up it can be an accident prone zone. Here are 5 ways to avoid an accident at work:
Clear up as you go to avoid an accident at work injury
This may seem like common sense, but you should always clean up as you go. This applies especially if someone is going to use the area after you or if you have spilt something on the floor. Spending an extra minute or two to wipe up that water you have spilt could prevent a serious slip injury or other accident at work claim.
If in doubt don’t use the appliance
If you think the appliance you are using is faulty then stop using it and report it to your manager straight away. If an appliance is faulty and is not reported this could cause quite a serious accident at work injury especially if the item starts sparking or worse.
Don’t run in the kitchen
This may be easier said than done. A restaurant kitchen can be a very busy place and there can be many different things going on at once. But avoid running in the kitchen, even if you are looking where you are going, as someone else may not be and all it takes is someone carrying a pot of hot water or a hot dish to cause a nasty accident at work injury claim.
Be aware of your surroundings
Whilst working in a restaurant kitchen, it can be easy to forget about everyone else and simply focus on your work. But to avoid any accidents at work you need to be aware of what is going on around you to avoid any collisions or other accidents. Just look around you from time to time so you dont have a nasty work injury.
Follow health and safety protocols at all times
This will probably be drilled into you by your manager and, if it isn’t, it should be. Health and safety rules are there for a reason and need to be adhered to at all times. This includes wearing the right clothing, including gloves, to avoiding walking around holding knives. These rules are there to help avoid such issues as food poisoning and also to protect staff from potential accidents at work injuries, so make sure you adhere to them at all times.
However, sometimes accidents at work can and do still happen. If you have had an accident at work which wasn’t your fault, speak to Accident Advice Helpline to see if you could be eligible to make a claim. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which specialise in accident claims and getting the best outcome for their client so call today on 0800 689 0500 to find out more.
Date Published: May 1, 2014
Author: David Brown