It’s important to clean out your freezer from time to time in order to clear out space and ensure that your freezer runs efficiently. Although it may seem like a fairly innocuous task, it is quite possible to injure yourself whilst cleaning out your freezer. The question is though, can you claim compensation?
What kind of injuries might occur whilst cleaning out your freezer?
There are a number of injuries that may occur as the result of cleaning out your freezer. The vast majority of accidents that occur are slips, trips and falls. As you begin to clean out your freezer, accumulated ice will eventually defrost, leaving a puddle of water which can render a surface such as tiles or linoleum extremely slippery. It’s important to wear appropriate footwear and clean any spillages to prevent the chances of a slip or trip. Some people may use a sharp instrument in order to dislodge the accumulated ice. This is inadvisable for a number of reasons. Not only could a sharp instrument such as a knife or screwdriver puncture the lining of your freezer, rendering it useless, it can also slip and cause nasty cuts or lacerations to the hands and face.
What is the best method for cleaning out my freezer?
The best way to clean out your freezer is to remove any produce that may be inside, unplug your freezer and allow the ice inside to thaw, taking care to soak up any spillages. After the ice has thawed, you will be able to simply wipe down the insides. Be careful though, any produce removed from the freezer may not be suitable for refreezing and could give you food poisoning.
Can I claim compensation if injured whilst cleaning out my freezer?
This depends on the nature of your accident. If the injury wasn’t your fault, such as being the result of a defective or faulty freezer, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
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Date Published: November 13, 2015
Author: David Brown