Oil is used to cook all kinds of things in many different ways. For example it can be used both to shallow and deep fry certain things, including chips and of course battered fish as well. It is rare for this to cause problems in outlets that provide fried food for customers, but there is also a clear need for health and safety procedures to be followed at all times.
Burns from hot oil can be potentially very serious indeed. It is very likely that second-degree burns can be suffered due to the extreme temperatures that oil can reach. It can go much higher than the temperature of boiling water for example, since boiling oil can be in excess of 200 degrees Celsius.
How important are risk assessments in this situation?
Risk assessments are always very important since they must identify if there are any possible hazards in the environment. In this case any outlet that uses hot oil must ensure the oil is handled in a safe manner at all times. This may involve providing staff with protective equipment for handling the oil, particularly when it is being changed.
Burns from hot oil can lead to permanent scarring and can be exceptionally painful. One woman who suffered second-degree burns to both her feet when hot oil was spilled on her said the pain was worse than that of childbirth. She still has scars today following the incident which saw her former employer fined £4,000.
Recovering from burns
The recovery process can be a long one as the skin and underlying areas can take many weeks to heal properly. The healing process can also differ depending on how serious the burns are and how deep they may go.
Clearly urgent medical care is required in these situations, especially as oil can be far hotter than boiling water, as we have discovered.
Being able to get information on whether negligence was involved in causing your injuries is very important indeed. Accident Advice Helpline can provide such information because we have 15 years’ experience in this area.
If you want to call us you can do so on: 0800 689 0500 to find out whether a no win, no fee claim might be a possibility for you. Make sure you make that call here now and learn more information from our advisors when you do so.
Date Published: July 27, 2015
Author: Rob Steen