Given the large numbers of people involved in the UK catering industry, there are many instances of injured kitchen workers each year. These staff work in areas where there is a high level of activity. With the constant demand for meals, the working environment can become fraught, hot and noisy. Mistakes are easily made as people rush around. Many dishes are prepared in areas where a lot of people are crammed in a relatively small area. Chefs may be flambéing food, and where someone has not been paying attention they could come into contact with flames.
There are various appliances in regular use in kitchens that are potentially hazardous. A dishwasher could easily spill pools of water onto the floor and employees might then slip or fall. There are numerous sharp objects that are likely to be used on a regular basis such as knives and skewers, all of which have the capacity to inflict damage when used carelessly. Staff can scald themselves with steam or burn their hands when they pick up plates that are too hot. Doors continually crashing open and shut during busy spells can easily catch someone unaware.
What injuries might arise?
Accidents leading to injured kitchen workers will vary considerably. Relatively minor scrapes and cuts can be sustained from mishandling cutlery, while slipping on wet flooring can cause muscle sprains or broken limbs. The nature of preparing hot meals means that staff are constantly exposed to areas of high temperature. They should wear appropriate protective gear at all times, and the effectiveness of this equipment must be checked on a regular basis. In storage areas, employees should never be subject to improperly stacked shelves, where large items of produce are liable to topple over.
Would you benefit from professional advice?
If you have been injured in a kitchen accident, you might be interested in finding out whether or not the circumstances could merit any compensation. Your first port of call should be Accident Advice Helpline. We have over 15 years’ experience in dealing with investigative work like this. By calling 0800 689 0500, you can be put in touch with a team of qualified compensation claims lawyers who will look over the details of your case. They might well advise you about pursuing a claim on a no win no fee basis.
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown