For some people, cooking is a passionate hobby. An opportunity to show off their culinary skills, create new recipes and discover new flavours. For others, cooking is a chore. Something to be endured rather than enjoyed and simply serves an essential purpose of getting food on the table.
For a third group, kitchens hold painful memories of accidents and injuries caused by faulty kitchen equipment. Given the design and purpose of a number of kitchen gadgets, it’s unsurprising, though no less troubling, to learn that accidents in the kitchen often have serious, even devastating, consequences, especially for those who work in them.
Can I claim if I’m injured by faulty kitchen equipment?
In the worrying aftermath of suffering a serious injury from faulty kitchen equipment, it’s important to remember that you may be due some compensation.
To assess the eligibility for a work injury claim following the use of faulty kitchen equipment, it’s useful to look at what is meant by the term ‘use.’
The use of work equipment includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Starting and stopping
- Maintaining and servicing
It’s also important to note that it is not necessary for the claimant to show that the employer was responsible for the defect in the faulty kitchen equipment, simply that the defect existed. This is known as strict liability.
What are the most common injuries caused by faulty kitchen equipment?
Burns: These can occur when, for example, the light on a hotplate doesn’t work to show that the plate is hot and a member of kitchen staff touches it. Faulty jets on gas rings can also cause burns all too easily.
Scalds: Liquids boiling over or poorly-maintained equipment leaking steam are just two common causes of kitchen scalds.
Cuts and lacerations: Faulty, or non-existent, guards on food processing machines will soon lead to serious cuts to the hands and fingers of kitchen staff.
If you have been injured at work in a kitchen because of faulty kitchen equipment, then you are probably due some work injury compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline’s unique 30-second test will give you a near-instant answer on your eligibility for a claim. Our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis so call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile today. Our expert lawyers have years of experience and are standing by to help you with your claim.
Date Published: February 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice