There are some people who would say that the world of health and safety has gone mad and with bizarre stories becoming the attention of intense media focus, it’s easy to understand why some think that safety measures have gone too far. However, there is a serious message behind the media spotlight and it is important that employers and public place managers do their utmost to protect the public from accidents at work and public place accidents.
Health and safety at work: The case of the turkey skin
The Health and Safety Executive is responsible for promoting safe and healthy working conditions; however, they have a panel in place to bust popular health and safety myths and ensure that there is a balance between having fun and enjoying yourself and staying safe. One case that caught the attention of the panel was the chef who refused to serve a customer turkey skin as part of their carvery dinner due to a risk of choking.
Of course, employees who work in restaurants and bars have a duty to act to protect customers; however, in this case, it is clear to see that a piece of turkey skin could not be deemed a choking hazard and it is likely that health and safety was used as an excuse by the employee. In response to the case, the Health and Safety Executive agreed that the individual had failed to use their common sense.
Preventing work accidents
Kitchens and restaurants are busy places with many hazards for employees; from hot pans and dripping oil, to slippery floors and a fast-paced working environment, there are many possible accidents that may occur. Common accidents include slips, trips and falls, burns and scolds and lacerations caused by sharp knives and equipment. Restaurant managers and shift supervisors are responsible for ensuring that health and safety measures are in place and simple steps can help to prevent work-related injuries.
Claiming work accident compensation: What should I do?
If you’ve been injured at work and you were not to blame, you may wish to think about making a claim for work injury compensation. If you decide to go ahead, contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 and they will do all the leg work for you. The firm was established in 2000 and has an excellent reputation for handling personal injury claims, work accident claims and road accident compensation cases with expertise.
Date Published: February 26, 2014
Author: David Brown