Suffering an accident in the kitchen at work can be painful on both a physical and emotional level. As well as any injuries you may suffer, there is also the mental torment of being injured somewhere you spend so much of your time.
Employers have a legal obligation towards the safety of their employees. This obligation extends to all the communal areas of the office, including the kitchen.
How might I suffer an accident in the kitchen at work?
Kitchens in the workplace pose exactly the same health and safety risks as kitchens at home. Some of the most common hazards include, but are by no means limited to, the following:
- Sharp objects such as knives
- Spillages leading to slips, trips and falls
- Electrical equipment such as microwaves, kettles etc.
- Burn hazards such as boiling water and hot plates
Of course, as adults in a professional setting, it’s reasonable to expect employers to be sensible with kitchen equipment. However, it is also reasonable of employees to expect to be provided with equipment that is safe to use.
It’s also the right of all employees to expect all safety hazards to be minimised as much as possible and highlighted where necessary.
For example, a liquid spill can easily lead to an accident in the kitchen at work. Whilst there’s precious little employers can do to prevent these happening, they can limit their potential impact.
Warning signs should be placed as soon as possible after the spillage occurs. This minimises the likelihood of a staff member slipping in the kitchen, unaware of the hazard. The signs should stay in place until the spillage has been dealt with.
The same safety principles apply to other equipment in the workplace kitchen. Appliances such as dishwashers should be installed, inspected and repaired by qualified professionals.
What can I do if I suffer an accident at work in the kitchen?
If you are the victim of an accident in the kitchen at work, then you may be due work injury compensation. A quick look at the unique 30-second test on the Accident Advice Helpline website will help get you started.
You can also call our expert advisors for more information. There’s no obligation, but if you do go ahead, our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis. Call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 for more information today.
Date Published: April 18, 2017
Author: Accident Advice