When considering accidents at work, many people think of the very worst case scenario. While injuries incurred due to large industrial machinery and falls from heights, for example, are of high severity, kitchen-related issues such as a kitchen spillage can also cause harm to employees.
Kitchen accidents: A kitchen spillage
Kitchens are high-paced environments. An efficient catering establishment works well under pressure to guarantee that their customers receive an exceptional, streamlined service.
When working under extreme pressure, especially during peak service times, it is somewhat inevitable that spillages will happen – but what is the risk to employees?
Whether a chef, kitchen porter or a member of the waiting team, you can be affected by a kitchen spillage. When moving quickly and multi-tasking while on duty, the risk of slips and falls does increase and can lead to a number of injuries.
The injuries that kitchen slips and trips can cause
While slips, trips and falls can seem like minor work-related accidents, they can lead to a range of injuries that vary in severity.
Injuries caused by slips, trips and falls in the kitchen include, but are not limited to:
- Bumps and bruises
- Open wounds
- Fractured bones
- Pulled muscles
Work-related compensation claims
Should the injury you have suffered be due to an incident at work that wasn’t your fault, it is worth investigating the route of the issue and assessing who is to blame.
Employers have a responsibility to protect the health and safety of their employees. If the injury you sustained was due to their failure to meet this legal requirement, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation.
Ways in which employers meet their duty of care include providing a sufficient level of training for all employees that covers the hazards of all duties they are expected to undertake, completing workplace assessments to guarantee a safe working environment, and – particularly in the catering sector – arranging that rotas meet legal requirements with reasonable shift patterns and rest breaks.
Accident Advice Helpline
When you have sustained a work-related injury, it is best to seek the advice of a law firm who has a wealth of experience in dealing with personal injury claims.
Accident Advice Helpline has been established for 13 years and can offer claimants a stress-free, efficient service, with an extensive legal team on hand ready to take on your case on a ‘no win, no fee’* basis.
Date Published: January 15, 2014
Author: David Brown