Many businesses have work events from time to time. These could mean anything from a formal dinner to a casual event for the staff to enjoy. Sometimes food will be involved at these events. This could be a black tie dinner or perhaps a barbecue in a relaxed setting if the event is taking place outdoors. The one thing that ties all these examples together is the rarity of work event food poisoning occurring.
Most of us have been through food poisoning at one time or another. Sometimes it can be easy to trace the symptoms back to a particular dish or food. However, at other times it may not be so easy. At a work event it may be easier to determine which food was at fault if there were different options available. Everyone who ate the same food could become ill as a result. If the food was supplied by a catering company, that company could be found negligent.
How can work event food poisoning be limited?
It’s good to know things like this are already very rare. Few people will ever be affected by eating food that is contaminated with something like salmonella for example. However, this is typically because the companies that provide such catering services follow the food safety laws that are in force today.
It is when a company does not follow the food safety laws that potential problems might arise. For example they might not have trained their staff in how to handle food properly, which could lead to a potential increase in bacteria being present. In some cases the staff may not wash their hands properly, or might be preparing different ingredients on the same chopping boards. These are examples – the majority of food preparation staff are well-trained in how to do their jobs.
Enjoying a work event without worry
The good news is very few people will ever fall ill after eating at a work event. Negligence is rare in these circumstances but it can sometimes crop up, as we have seen from the examples above. If it happens to do so at an event you are attending, you may fall ill as a result.
Accident Advice Helpline deals with cases like this as well as accidents. As such it might be worth calling our free 24/7 enquiry line now to learn whether you have a strong case. The number you’ll need is 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: July 12, 2015
Author: Rob Steen