The kitchen, whether domestic or commercial, can be full of potential hazards. From boiling water to spillages there are many potential accidents at work injuries. One work hazard which may not be as obvious as others is the food itself, if undercooked or if stored incorrectly you can seriously poison yourself and others leading to a far worse accident at work claim, and one of the main culprits is raw chicken.
What is one of the most dangerous foods to cause an accident at work claim or worse?
One of the most dangerous foods that can cause a serious accident at work claim or public liability is raw chicken. Chicken in this format carries many bad bacteria such as E coli and salmonella. If the chicken is not cooked properly or touches other food whilst raw it can cause a bad bout of food poisoning, much worse than a simple accident at work.
How can raw chicken cause a work injury?
If raw chicken touches any other food cooked or uncooked then the bacteria can be passed onto that food and then ingested thus causing food poisoning. Other ways of contracting these nasty illnesses is through under-cooked chicken. Also, if you touch chicken when it is raw and then either handle other food or place your fingers in your mouth this can also cause a nasty work injury in the form in food poisoning.
How to avoid food poisoning
When cooking and preparing chicken you need to be extra careful. Make sure the chopping board you use is thoroughly cleaned after cutting raw chicken on it. Also, when storing raw chicken make sure it is wrapped up well and is not touching other food.
Another tip to avoid a public liability claim if working in a kitchen is to always ensure the chicken is fully cooked and is not pink on the inside. The last thing you want to do is cause one of your customers to become seriously ill and make an accident claim.
Raw chicken is of course not the only potential accident at work risk but it is an important one to be aware of. If you have had an accident at work within the last three years that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim.
Speak to Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out more about making a work injury claim.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice