Whether you work in a kitchen professionally or you just simply enjoy being in there as a hobby, there is always potential for accidents in the kitchen to occur. That being said, when you are a catering professional and you suffer severe kitchen-related accidents at work, you may be left questioning who is to blame for your occupational ailment.
Severe accidents in the kitchen
Severe accidents in the kitchen can occur due to numerous reasons, typically linked to the items and equipment used; the obvious heat-generated burns and scalds from hot water, appliances, ovens and cookers. Even certain ingredients can cause harm, at worst, fatalities.
Some of the most severe accidents in the kitchen can often lead to serious, life-threatening injuries, impeding the victim’s working and day-to-day life in the process.
Real life severe accidents in the kitchen
The Chefs Blade microsite from employment gurus, Monster, gives an insight into some
real life severe accidents in the kitchen, including burns, cuts, and lacerations to name but a few.
One chef gives details on a new member of staff dropping his tongs in the deep fat fryer, only to plunge his arm and hand all the way into the fat in an attempt to recover them. This unfortunately resulted in the skin on his arm appearing to melt off, due to severe burns.
Burns are a common injury in the kitchen, with one particular chef describing how a miscommunication had led to him grabbing a handle of a pan, which had been exposed to a naked flame, leading to severe burns and scarring.
Of course, it is not always down to the utensils and tools being used. The food cooked can cause severe kitchen accidents too, from food poisoning and sickness to even death. As one kitchen professional tells, mixing two foods in the same cooking pot led to a severe allergic reaction for one worker, which resulted in a trip to the Accident and Emergency department.
Due to the nature of working in the kitchen, severe kitchen accidents will always happen, but they can be prevented and the risk of injury to workers minimised.
Accidents at work
If you have been involved in an accident at work and believe your employer or a third party is liable for the harm you have suffered, we could help you claim the work-related personal injury compensation you are entitled to.
Speak with Accident Advice Helpline today via our freephone number, 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice