Accidents at work are sometimes inevitable, but often, there is a clear cause and the case study of a young employee who suffered extreme burns as a result of a slip at work shows just how damaging a lack of respect for health and safety guidelines can be.
Work accidents: The case of the fast food employee who fried her arm
Working in a kitchen carries obvious risks of injuries; however, managers and supervisors should ensure that suitable health and safety protocol is in place to reduce the risk of work accidents. In this case study, a 16-year-old worker sustained extensive, severe burns as a result of slipping at work; the young employee, who was manning the frying station at a popular fast food restaurant, slipped on a spillage on the floor caused by the ice machine leaking and instinctively stuck her arm out to break the fall; unfortunately, her arm ended up in the chip pan, meaning her skin came into contact with boiling hot oil. She ended up with severe burns on her left hand and forearm.
Preventing work-related injuries: What we can learn from this case study
At the time of the accident, the restaurant was busy and the team leader had taken charge of the tills because there was a shortage of staff members. There was a spillage on the floor, which should have been mopped up, but was left because of the staff shortage and the fact that it was a busy period. The team leader should have been keeping an eye on health and safety in the kitchen, the spillage should have been cleared up as soon as it occurred and checks should have been carried out to ascertain what was causing the leak. There is also the issue of staffing levels, as a shortage of employees is always like to result in mistakes and an increased risk of accidents in the workplace.
Work accident compensation: Can I make a claim?
Work accident compensation is designed to compensate those who have been injured at work through no fault of their own; it constitutes a financial payout, which is able to bridge the gap between pay cheques and ease pressure caused by worrying about keeping up with bills.
If you’ve had an accident at work, it occurred within the last 3 years and you are able to prove that you were not to blame, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim work injury compensation. Once they have all the information they need, the expert lawyers will do all they can to make your claim successful; most clients do not have to go to court and the claims process is hassle free and simple.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: February 12, 2014
Author: David Brown