If you work in the catering industry, you’ll know that commercial kitchens are a dangerous environment! Combine noise, people and speed with flames, oil and water and accidents are bound to happen. Some kitchens in the UK employ low-paid staff and have a high staff turnover, so staff are not always well trained in safe practice, and the working environment is not always safe and fit for purpose.
Types of kitchen accidents
There are many different types of accidents which could occur in a commercial kitchen environment, but here are some of the most common:
- Slips, trips and falls – spills of liquid or other substances can cause slippery floors
- Burns and scalds
- Bumps – bumping into other staff who are moving at speed is a common accident
It is important that there is a designated first-aider and first aid equipment on site, and it is your employer’s responsibility to provide this. It’s also their responsibility to ensure that all staff are trained in safe practice, so they don’t pose a risk to themselves and other staff, and that the kitchen equipment is well maintained and fit for purpose. In a busy, commercial kitchen, staff are often moving at high speed, so whilst accidents are inevitable, your employer should take steps to ensure you are as safe as possible whilst at work.
Kitchen accident compensation claims
If you have been injured whilst working in a kitchen, through no fault of your own, you may be able to claim for compensation. For example, if you have slipped on a wet floor caused by someone else or if someone has accidentally spilled hot oil on you, causing burning and scarring, you could claim for injury and suffering caused. If you need to seek medical treatment for your injury and even take time off work, this will be taken into account, and you will normally be able to claim for medical expenses and to cover your loss of earnings.
How we can help
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we put our customers first, so we’re here 24/7 on our freephone helpline to take your call. You can chat to one of our helpful advisers in confidence, with no obligation to proceed, and we offer a 100% ‘no win, no fee’* service. We’re proud to have Esther Rantzen, TV personality and UK consumer champion, as our sponsor, you know you can trust us to provide you with the very best service. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone and see how we can help you!
Date Published: November 21, 2013
Author: David Brown