Do you work in a commercial kitchen? Whether you’re a chef or a pot washer, you may never have stopped to think about safety at work, but unsafe kitchen conditions have the potential to cause an accident anywhere, at any time.
What do we mean by unsafe kitchen conditions? Here are a few examples:
- Spillage on the floor creating a slippery surface
- Dirty food preparation areas which could lead to food poisoning
- Poorly fitted electrical sockets pose a risk of electrocution
- Faulty walk-in chiller/freezer doors
- Damaged or poorly maintained equipment such as knives or pans
- Faulty electrical appliances
- Objects stored at height which could fall down and cause injury
A lack of training is often responsible for many kitchen accidents, but with life in a commercial kitchen moving at such a fast pace, unsafe kitchen conditions could easily lead to accidents occurring. It’s the responsibility of your employer to ensure that they make your working environment as safe as possible. This includes things like ensuring staff have received proper training, providing fire extinguishers and other safety equipment and maintaining equipment and materials to a high standard.
If you are injured in an accident at work and believe that your employer is to blame, you may be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
Who’s to blame?
If you’re personally to blame for your accident, for example, you were rushing and tripped over your untied shoelace, there’s unlikely to be an opportunity for you to claim compensation. However, if your employer is to blame, you could claim personal injury compensation. You’ll need to contact a lawyer within three years of your accident occurring, and it’s best to do so as soon as possible, whilst things are still fresh in your mind.
Claiming for an accident at work
When you go to work, the last thing you expect is to be involved in an accident, so trust Accident Advice Helpline to get you the compensation you deserve. We offer confidential, no-obligation advice to all our customers, and if you decide to go ahead with a claim, our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, so our services are affordable, no matter what your budget. We’re proud to be recommended by our patron, TV personality Esther Rantzen, for our high level of customer service, and we have helped hundreds of customers claim compensation since we opened our doors in 2000. Find out more today by calling our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: April 19, 2015
Author: Rob Steen