Working in any professional kitchen, whether it is a pub kitchen or one at a famous restaurant, means you will be working in an intense environment. You’ll also be working with a variety of equipment, some of which will be very hot. It will probably come as no surprise then to learn that burns can be among the more common potential injuries to occur in these situations.
Kitchen staff burns compensation is sometimes paid to those individuals who received burns that could easily have been prevented, had the right health and safety measures been in place. While kitchen staff will be working near or with sources of heat, there should be little chance of anyone being in a situation where an injury could easily happen.
How can burns be prevented?
The person responsible for employing the kitchen staff has a duty to make sure the kitchen is as safe a place to be as it possibly can be. For example they should ensure all kitchen staff are trained so they are able to reduce the odds of burns and scalds taking place.
They should also risk-assess the kitchen and identify possible places where these accidents could happen. By identifying the risks they can provide ways in which those risks can be reduced.
One of the most important things to do would be to provide personal protective equipment for using in these circumstances. For example the most obvious example of this would be oven gloves.
If these aren’t provided, or if the existing ones are in bad condition, there would be a greater chance of being burned. Similarly if the staff had to rely on moving hot pans with tea towels, this could open the way for a burn to occur.
What if you still incurred a burn while working in a kitchen?
In order to have a chance of winning kitchen staff burns compensation you have to have ample proof that your employer was negligent. Thankfully very few employers are, but if you believe yours was, you can contact Accident Advice Helpline.
Our free 24/7 enquiry line is here for you when you need it most. Just call today on 0800 689 0500 and you can get the best no-obligation advice you are entitled to at this point. Make sure you have the chance to get your advice today from our experienced team.
Date Published: September 14, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead