Working in busy kitchen environments can be hazardous. Hot cookers, steaming pots and sharp knives represent an ever present danger, and spills can easily lead to slipping accidents.
According to the 1974 Health and Safety at Work (HSW) Act, employers are required by law to ensure workers are not exposed to unnecessary risks of injury at work. This includes provision of adequate training in the use of equipment (knives, cookers, and so on); establishing safe working procedures and, where required, provision of protective gear (gloves, oven gloves, aprons, and so on). Safe working procedures include, among others, keeping pathways and floors clean, dry and free of clutter to prevent accidental injuries by slipping or tripping.
Slipping on wet floors or spills, and tripping over obstacles are, by the way, the most common ways of being injured in kitchens. Often, such trips or slips result in more serious injuries as a result of hot liquids being splashed about, hot plates being grabbed to stop falls, and employees cutting themselves while trying to clear up bits of broken glass or crockery dropped when slipping.
Workers injured in kitchens where clear instructions, training and safe working procedures were not provided or followed may qualify for industrial injury compensation. This also applies to kitchen employees injured by burning or scalding due to a lack of protective gear.
Claiming for compensation for lack of health and safety training
Employees often refrain from claiming compensation for fear of the cost involved, possible retribution, or being branded as ‘money grabbing’. As far as cost is involved, this issue is easily circumvented by claiming through Accident Advice Helpline, because the legal services provided by this company are offered under no win, no fee* agreements. This means no initial outlay for the claimant, as all fees will be deducted as a percentage of the awarded compensation. Because calls to Accident Advice Helpline are dealt with strictly confidential, the possibility of retribution is also reduced to a minimum.
With respect to being accused of trying to make money out of a workplace injury, it is necessary to consider the fact that injury compensation claims typically result in investigations of how and why accidents occurred. Such an investigation may ultimately lead to much better, safer working conditions and prevent other employees being hurt in the same manner. This alone makes claiming personal injury compensation worth the effort.
To discuss your claim with a member of Accident Advice Helpline’s expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: January 9, 2014
Author: David Brown