In the kitchen, knives are potentially one of the most dangerous items that could cause much more pain than a simple slip, trip or fall injury. However, when you add electricity these tools become a lot more lethal if not handled correctly.
What type of accident claims can occur from using an electric knife?
Whether the electric knife is on or off, the blade is always sharp, so at all times the potential to sustain a nasty cut or of having a slip, trip or fall onto one and seriously harming yourself is high. When plugged in, like all electric appliances, electric knives can malfunction and cause you to have a slip, trip or fall from being electrocuted.
Even if the electric knife isn’t faulty, there is a risk of electrocution if any liquid gets into the electrics and may cause not only a nasty fall injury, but potentially bad burns.
How to safely operate an electric knife
The most important thing to remember before using the electric knife is to ensure it is fully working and has not been compromised. This means you should check there is no damage to the wires and that the unit is intact before use.
Other ways to prevent a slip, trip or fall injury or worse whilst using the electric knife is to ensure there is no liquid near your worktop. Any liquid could cause a nasty reaction so make sure the surfaces are clean and dry before working on them.
Finally, when you are finished with the electric knife, ensure it is stored safely and away from little hands. Also, make sure it has been cleaned and dried well, avoiding getting the electrical unit wet.
If the unit starts malfunctioning get an electrician to look at this or throw it out. It is not worth the risk when you could quite easily sustain a slip, trip or fall injury or worse.
If you have had a slip, trip or fall within the last 3 years that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that specialises in accident claims. With years of experience our team of skilled lawyers will make the process as simple and stress-free as possible for you.
To find out more call our 24-hour free phone number, 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: November 13, 2015
Author: David Brown