For many people the kitchen area in their workplace is a refuge to head to when they have some break time to enjoy. In some cases this may be no more than a small room with a table and some chairs, and a microwave and kettle to use. In other cases it could be bigger and more hi-tech.
In most cases employees can use these workplace kitchens without worrying about whether or not they are safe. The employer has a duty to ensure this is the case, because health and safety rules apply just as much to workplace kitchen areas as they do to any other area of the office, factory or wherever else the work is done. By doing this and paying attention to the elements of safety, workplace kitchen injuries should be kept to a minimum.
What is the difference between an accident and negligence?
This is something many people wonder about from time to time. In this situation an accident would be if you didn’t pay proper attention while using the kettle and spilled boiling water on yourself. However, if something was wrong with the kettle and the handle heated up while in use, you may pick it up and burn yourself. That could potentially be negligence if it could be proven that the kettle was not manufactured properly or if there was some lapse in health and safety measures at that point.
It can be difficult working out whether negligence caused you to suffer workplace kitchen injuries though. This is the main reason why some people contact Accident Advice Helpline. It might be best to consider whether a quick call could get you the information you need at this point.
Three years to call
The law states that a person has three years from the date an incident or injury occurs in which to make a claim for compensation. While many people get in touch quite quickly, there are instances where uncertainty may surround what happened. When this is the case, a degree of time may go by before the decision is made to call someone for advice.
Here at Accident Advice Helpline you can call our expert advisors on 0800 689 0500 to find out more about whether or not you are in a position to make such a claim. We provide no-obligation advice every day to those looking to be awarded compensation.
Date Published: August 20, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead