When you consider the common tools, appliances and working conditions of the catering industry, it is no surprise that so many accidents at work occur.
Working in a professional kitchen involves high-pressure shifts and an expectancy to deliver an excellent standard of food, quickly and efficiently. Chefs are often required to multi-task, preparing multiple dishes at once and coming into contact with heat, flames and sharp equipment.
The very nature of catering means that kitchen-related accidents and hence kitchen injuries are simply inevitable.
Common kitchen injuries
It is important to remember that waiting staff, kitchen porters and chefs all play an important part in the kitchen – and kitchen injuries can be sustained by any member of the team.
Slips, trips and falls
Slips, trips and falls are probably the most common accidents in kitchens. Whether tripping over prep benches or slipping on spilt liquids, all kitchen workers can become subject to this issue.
Scalds and burns
Preparing meals quickly often means cooking using high temperatures. When dashing around the kitchen and focusing on multiple tasks, it is easy to sustain a burn from the appliances you are using.
Specialist tools such as blowtorches are also a hazard, especially when employees are not sufficiently trained in their use.
As with burns, scalds are also common, from both steam and water.
The most common piece of kitchen equipment has to be the chef knife. Sharp knives and equipment such as graters and slicers can cause lacerations.
Although you would imagine the sharper the knife, the higher the risk, blunt knives in a professional kitchen are an unexpected hazard. Where sharp knives cut effectively, blunt knives often slip and cause kitchen injuries to fingers and hands.
Claiming for a kitchen-related injury
All employers have a duty of care to their employees. They must make sure that the working environment is as safe as possible and that the health and safety of their team is ensured.
If you have been the victim of an accident at work due to lack of training or unsatisfactory working conditions, you may be able to claim compensation.
The first steps to claiming personal injury compensation
Rather than attempting to face a legal battle on your own, seek assistance from Accident Advice Helpline, a law firm with many years of experience in handling personal injury claims.
Simply fill in the ’30-second test’ online and the legal firm will be in touch to advise if your claim is likely to be successful and if it is worth pursuing. With no obligation to proceed, from there you can decide if you wish to continue with your claim on a no-win, no-fee* basis.
It really is that simple.
Date Published: January 13, 2014
Author: David Brown