Working as a butcher means you’re handling a range of sharp objects every day, from cleavers and knives to electric cutting and slicing machines. Whilst these are safe to use if they are operated properly, accidents can and do happen, and if you’ve been injured whilst working as a butcher, help is at hand.
It’s up to your employer to ensure you’re safe at work and butcher shop owners should ensure all their staff have been properly trained in the use of equipment in the shop. Safety guards should be fitted to slicing and cutting machines and only competent people should be allowed to operate them. Machinery should also be regularly checked and any damaged or worn parts replaced. With all that said, if you have been injured, you could claim butcher injury compensation for your pain, suffering and financial losses, and Accident Advice Helpline could help you.
The end of your career
A serious accident whilst working at a butchers could easily mean the end of your career. Severing your finger with a knife or a slicer can have serious consequences – it may be able to be reattached but you could experience loss of sensation or extreme sensitivity to cold, and a hands-on job may not be right for you. A faulty cutting blade or knife blade could come loose of its mounting, causing facial or body lacerations that could leave you scarred.
Even minor cuts could mean taking time off work for medical treatment and to make a full recovery, affecting you financially. If your employer has been negligent, you deserve to be compensated, and you don’t need to worry about losing your job. They’ll have liability insurance in place in the event an employee makes a claim – hopefully it will encourage them to be more vigilant about health and safety in the future.
Next steps to making a claim
Whether you’ve suffered hypothermia after being accidentally locked in a meat freezer or have chopped off the tip of your finger with a faulty slicing machine, Accident Advice Helpline can help you. Our 100% no win, no fee* service means that there’s no risk when it comes to making a claim. Butchers from across the country have claimed butcher injury compensation with us after an accident at work and you could be next. Take the 30-second test on our website right now, to see how much you could claim, or call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 today and find out if you have a viable personal injury claim.
Date Published: September 25, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton