The severity of accidents at work does vary. From slips, trips and falls to incidents involving heavy-duty industrial machinery, there are myriad hazards involved in every occupation.
The catering industry presents a particularly high risk of injury to its employees. As well as sharp tools and hot appliances; chefs, kitchen porters, and waiting staff are expected to work at an extremely fast pace to meet the needs of customers. All while avoiding a kitchen accident.
What types of kitchen accidents occur?
As you can imagine, working with stoves, ovens and equipment such as blowtorches, means that chefs and catering assistants are at risk of kitchen accident burns. In addition, steam and hot water can cause scalds, both of which can require medical treatment depending on the scale of the injury.
Sharp tools including knives, meat slicers and mincers, graters, and blenders require careful use to minimise the risk of kitchen accident lacerations. Injuries can include small cuts to hands, to the more worrying loss of fingers, or wounds to other areas of the body.
No matter your role in the kitchen, spillages and kitchen layout can cause slips, trips and falls. As members of the team rush to meet the high demand of peak service times, injuries caused by falling or slipping in the kitchen can lead to bumps, bruises, and in some cases, fractures and concussion.
Claiming compensation for your kitchen accident
If you believe that the injury you sustained was due to an issue that was not your fault, you may have a valid case for personal injury compensation.
All employers are legally responsible for the health and safety of their workers, which includes ensuring a safe workspace, providing adequate training for the role and duties the employee is expected to undertake and, in addition, organising operations so that work patterns and rest breaks meet legal guidelines.
When you suffer harm due to an injury which occurred because your employer has failed to meet this obligation, Accident Advice Helpline can assist with the assessment of your case, and advise whether or not your claim is likely to be successful.
Getting in touch with Accident Advice Helpline
The best way to initiate your claims process is to complete the ’30-second test’ on Accident Advice Helpline’s website. This compensation calculator gathers the basics of your claim and allows the legal firm to determine if your claim is worth pursuing, with no pressure to proceed.
Should you mutually decide to go ahead with your claim for personal injury insurance, Accident Advice Helpline will work on a ‘no win, no fee’* basis and pass your case to one of their specialist lawyers who will make every effort to guarantee you receive the pay-out you are entitled to. Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: January 22, 2014
Author: David Brown