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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

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    Why are kitchen accidents so common?


    All it takes to determine why kitchen accidents are so common is to look at what is involved in working in such an environment.

    Common causes of kitchen accidents

    Kitchens invariably contain an array of potentially highly dangerous equipment. From an often broad selection of sharp knives, to hotplates, ovens and pots filled with steaming liquids; from electrical appliances that can go wrong, to the pace at which professional kitchens typically operate, every moment in such an environment is a potential accident at work waiting to happen. Add to this the possibility of floors being wet and slippery through spills or dropped food, and you have an almost perfect recipe for disaster in terms of a kitchen accident.

    Injuries at work in a kitchen accident

    Safe working procedures are subsequently of utmost importance if workplace accidents are to be prevented. This includes all employees being properly trained in the use of equipment of all types; safety procedures when handling hot equipment, pots and so on, must be in place (and followed), and spills must be cleared immediately to prevent injuries by slipping. Employers are also required to keep employees safe by ensuring equipment is properly maintained and in good working order.

    Employees’ duty to prevent accidental injuries from a kitchen accident

    Naturally, employees must also act responsibly, not only for their own safety, but also for the safety of others. Carelessly handling equipment, hot items, knives and so on, not only risks injuring yourself, but others. As does ignoring spills, cluttering pathways (trip hazards) and generally ignoring provided training and instructions on safe working and safety procedures.

    Industrial injury compensation

    If you were injured at work because your employer did not provide you or your colleagues with proper training, equipment was not maintained properly, or a colleague acted irresponsibly, you may be eligible for work injury compensation. To be eligible, someone else must have been responsible for your workplace injury, and the incident must have taken place no longer than a maximum of three years before making your compensation claim.

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    Accident Advice Helpline has successfully processed kitchen accident injury and other personal injury claims for 13 years. You can initiate your claim by calling this law firms Freephone number on 0800 689 0500 and having a confidential chat with one of their friendly advisers.
    On acceptance of your case, you will be provided with assistance and guidance by an experienced legal professional on a no win, no fee* basis. This professional will assist you in all aspects of your claim, potentially bringing it to a successful conclusion almost entirely on the phone and without the need to go to court.

    Date Published: January 9, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.