When you hear the words “accident in the kitchen”, you may automatically think of burns, but really, that is only half the story. In fact, kitchens can be a very dangerous place, and every day, hundreds of people fall victim to kitchen accidents of all shapes and sizes. This article explores the different types of accidents that can occur in the kitchen.
Slips, trips and falls because of spillages in the kitchen
Slips and trips are very common kitchen accidents and there are many reasons why this is the case. When working with oil it can splash and sometimes spill onto the tiles of the kitchen floor. Even when wiped away, this can leave the floor exceptionally slippery and can cause all manner of slips and falls. The same problem occurs when something as simple as water is spilled onto the floor and it doesn’t have to be much to put you at risk of a slip or trip. Making sure that a kitchen floor is dry at all times can minimise your risk of having a trip or slip accident, and if oil is spilled, be sure to clean it properly with a grease-cutting detergent.
Falling from a chair or ladder
Everyone has that one kitchen shelf that they can’t reach and when you next reach for that item on the top shelf, please ensure that you have someone holding the chair or ladder that you are standing on. So many falls and slips happen when people climb onto a stool or chair to reach for an out-of-reach ingredient or tool, and the results can be debilitating and sometimes fatal.
As well as burns and slips and fall injuries, cuts regularly occur in the kitchen when knifes and sharp implements are used. Most of the time, cuts can be quickly seen to with a little pressure of a dry, clean cloth, but sometimes, these kitchen accidents result in a hospital visit. When using a knife, keep fingers tucked in and work slowly and sensibly.
Claiming kitchen accident compensation
If you work in a kitchen and have recently suffered an injury due to your employer’s negligence, you could be entitled to make a compensation claim. Accident Advice helpline offers advice around the clock, and our team of lawyers would be happy to take on your case if you qualify, offering a no win, no fee* basis on your case.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice