If you work in a kitchen, you’re probably aware that you’re dealing with some potentially dangerous kitchen appliances and pieces of kit on a daily basis. In order to avoid accidents at work, its beneficial to follow health and safety guidelines and take care when using these dangerous kitchen appliances.
What are the most dangerous kitchen appliances?
Many people think of sharp knives and boiling hot ovens when they consider work-related injuries in the kitchen. However, kitchen appliances can also be hazardous. Examples of dangerous kitchen appliances include:
- Food processors and blenders
- Cutting and slicing appliances
- Electric whisk
- Cheese grater
- Meat grinder
- Electric knives and carving devices
If you work in a kitchen, your employer should take the necessary steps to make your working environment as safe as possible. It may not be possible to avoid some work
accidents, but some work injuries could be prevented by, for example, providing sufficient training on how to use dangerous kitchen appliances.
Health and safety in the kitchen
In order to protect workers from injuries and accidents, employers should enforce safety measures; examples may include:
- Ensuring all spillages are cleared up immediately to prevent slips, trips and falls
- Encouraging communication between chefs
- Providing suitable protective equipment
- Providing staff members with relevant training
- Ensuring procedures are in place to deal with work injuries effectively
- Ensuring electrical appliances are tested routinely
Can I claim compensation for an injury at work?
Many people sustain injuries at work. Claiming compensation may be an option in cases where an employee has been injured through no fault of their own.
If you’ve been injured as a result of using faulty equipment, or you’ve been made to do a task for which you dont have the relevant training and level of expertise, your employer may be liable. In this case, your work injury compensation claim should be approved.
If you’ve been injured as a result of your own negligence, for example, you attempted to do a job without using safety equipment provided by your employer, you will not be able to claim work accident compensation.
Speak with us
If you think you may have a viable work injury claim, call Accident Advice Helpline. If you’ve been injured at work in the last three years and your employer was to blame, we can help you to claim compensation.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice