Many people eat fish on a regular basis. The best way to get hold of the best fish is to see a fishmonger. They will be experienced in preparing fish for sale and also at giving advice on how to cook it. They will be trained in the work they do so they can give the best service to anyone who wants to buy fish from them.
If you work as a fishmonger you will have to know how to fillet fish and perform a range of other duties. Your employer has some duties too, namely to make sure the workplace is perfectly safe and free from potential hazards. This is why risk assessments are used, to make sure there are no hazards that haven’t been spotted, isolated and dealt with.
How could injured fishmongers receive their injuries?
This depends on the situation. For example if a fishmonger is filleting a fish, they should have proper tools to do the job with. They should also be trained in how to do it quickly and safely. The knives should also be sharp – ironically it is more dangerous to work with a blunt knife than it is with a sharp one, as a blunt knife can easily slip.
Cuts to the fingers and hands are among the more common injuries that may occur. If there has been a lapse in your training, and you have never been properly aware of how to fillet and prepare fish, you may be at risk of injury. Other examples of injuries might include slips and trips. Slips in particular could be more common at a fishmonger’s. If the floor is wet from ice used to keep the fish cool, it could present a significant hazard that may cause injured fishmongers to be seriously hurt.
What should you do next?
Clearly if you do suffer an injury at work it should be reported immediately and logged in the accident book. You should also seek appropriate medical help. This could be anything from seeing a first aider to seeking help at a hospital.
Whatever the case may be, your next task should be to call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. When you call us you can find out whether you have a chance to make a compensation claim. If negligence can be proven your claim could be successful and be paid to you.
Date Published: August 20, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead