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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    How to prevent injury while using sharp utensils

    Using sharp utensils such as carving knives can result in serious injuries including lacerations if they are handled incorrectly. Injuries involving sharp utensils are a major cause of accident at work claims, normally for those who work in the hospitality or catering sectors.

    By following this handy guide, you can help to prevent injury to both yourself and your work colleagues while using sharp utensils.


    • Use a knife or utensil appropriate to the task
    • Cut on a stable surface
    • Take care when washing knives and utensils
    • Carry knives with the blade pointing downwards
    • Store knives properly in a scabbard after use


    • Leave knives on loose worktop surfaces
    • Try to catch a falling knife
    • Carry a knife or sharp utensil in your pocket
    • Engage in any horse play

    What can go wrong?

    Severe lacerations are commonplace when a knife or utensil has been handled incorrectly. The most common injuries are cuts and lacerations to the non-knife fingers. Other injuries can also occur.

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    To give an example of an actual case, a commis chef was using a large filleting knife to cut open a sack of potatoes. With the knife still in his hand pointing upwards, he attempted to move the 25kg bag, when part of the bag gave way, causing the knife to be thrust upwards into his face and causing severe lacerations.

    It is essential that employees receive sufficient health and safety training, as a review of working practices could have prevented this injury.

    Injury involving a sharp utensil

    If you have suffered an injury while using a sharp utensil and it wasn’t your fault, perhaps as the result of a defective product or an accident in your workplace, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation if this occurred within the last three years.

    Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information on how you could make a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* accident claim. Our Freephone lines are open 24/7 and our friendly, professional and knowledgeable advisers who will listen to your story in complete confidence and advise you on how to make a claim.

    You will be under no obligation to proceed with any claims for compensation that may be discussed over the phone, so call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.

    Date Published: April 27, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice


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