Butchers have a demanding job to do preparing all kinds of meat delivered to their stores so it can be sold to customers. They will joint, skin and prepare meats of all shapes and sizes – mincing, chopping and making up packs for sale. There are very few butchery injuries that occur to people working in these shops but they can happen, especially if proper care and attention isn’t paid to what is going on.
Proper training should be first on the list for anyone starting work in a butcher’s shop. There are all kinds of things you might end up doing otherwise; for example someone might be hurt if they use a slicing machine or other piece of machinery they aren’t familiar with. The machines should also be in good order and fitted with guards to prevent fingers being sliced off.
Reducing the chances butchery injuries could occur
This is the main way you can prevent any instances of something going wrong. Since butchers work with sharp knives, cleavers and machinery, it makes sense to train them properly and to make sure health and safety procedures are always followed.
Unfortunately there are still isolated occasions when Accident Advice Helpline has heard from apprentices or butchers who have received butchery injuries of some kind. Considering the sharp implements used in this business, it is quite likely that some people will be injured more severely. Sharp blades can mean lost fingers or even hands in some rare cases.
Have you lost a finger or limb, or been injured in another way?
An injury does not need to be severe for you to consider whether compensation could be paid in your case. Any injury that was someone else’s fault – chiefly because of negligence – could lead to a successful claim being made. It can however, be difficult to consider the facts to see whether negligence was involved in your case.
As such you should make the most of having the opportunity to contact Accident Advice Helpline. Our number is free to call on 0800 689 0500 and you won’t pay for our initial no-obligation advice either. Don’t suffer in silence – get some answers from our experienced team when you call now, and don’t delay.
Date Published: August 20, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead