Sharp knives, hot appliances, pots and pans, cooking oils, water and electricity combine to make kitchens working accidents waiting to happen. Chip pans in particular represent a huge risk of injury at work.
Chip pans and scalding accidents at work
Deep frying chips, fish and a variety of other food items requires the oil to be very hot. While this is a potential risk of injuries at work in itself, it is made worse by the fact that, when food items that are extremely cold or wet are added, the oil tends to bubble up rapidly and violently. Under extreme circumstances, this may lead to the person using the chip pan being scalded by the boiling hot oil.
Chip pan fires
Another risk of work related accidents created by chip pans is that of fire. As the oil bubbles up, it may spill onto the hot hob or into the flame of a gas cooker. Highly volatile once heated, the oil may then quickly ignite. This can also happen if a chip pan is left unattended while heating. Once the oil becomes too hot, it ignites. Unless actions to stop the fire can be taken quickly, the fire may spread.
Preventing chip pan accidents
There are several ways in which chip pan related accidents can be prevented. The first is obviously for workers to be trained properly in their use. Secondly, the pans should never be filled higher than one third of their capacity, to prevent bubbling oil spilling onto hot surfaces. If the oil has been allowed to overheat (which can be easily recognised by wisps of smoke emitting from the oil’s surface), the pan should be removed from the heat and allowed to cool before adding food to be fried. Finally, fires can be prevented by never leaving chip pans unattended.
If you were scalded or burned at work through no fault of your own, you may be able to claim for compensation. No win no fee* claims can be set into motion by contacting Accident Advice Helpline. The free phone advice line is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Handling all calls in strictest confidence, advisers will first of all establish claim eligibility. Callers are then given the choice whether to pursue a claim or not. There is no obligation to go ahead with a claim or use this law firm to do so.
Date Published: February 12, 2014
Author: David Brown