The perils of working in a kitchen

There is little wonder that work injuries in kitchens are extremely common. Hot oil, boiling water, fire and knives all over the place make working in a kitchen like trying to walk through a minefield. Inadequate training, thoughtlessness or being absent-minded in such an environment can lead to serious accidents at work, as the following examples clearly indicate.

Injury at work through inadequate training

A young guy working for the first time in a restaurant kitchen was asked to operate a fryer. Ignorant of the danger he was putting himself in, he decided to batter and fry fish straight from the freezer. Obviously, as the freezing fish hit the boiling hot oil, it caused it to bubble up aggressively. The young man’s hands were rapidly engulfed in the boiling oil bubbles, causing severe burns that went almost all the way to his elbows.

Work injury caused by absent-mindedness

On occasion, even experienced cooks and chefs have bad moments, leading to serious workplace injuries. One such experienced professional was in the process of cleaning fryers, which were still hot after a long day’s work, when the tongs he was using dropped into the hot oil. Clearly distracted in some way, he stupidly decided to plunge his arm into the oil to retrieve the tongues. The resulting burns put him out of action for a long time, and his scars will continue to remind him of his one moment of absent-mindedness.

Carelessness, thoughtlessness and industrial injuries

In another kitchen, a young prep cook ended up having to have stitches on the fingers of both hands after putting them into a bowl of crab meat given to her by a colleague. Her accidental injury happened because her colleague had left the sharp lids of several crab meat cans in the bottom of the bowl. A cocktail waitress fell after slipping on grease left on the floor, slicing her arm wide open and cutting an artery on the shards of a broken ceramic plate. Another kitchen employee suffered third degree burns after the handle of the whip he was using on a table top fryer exploded and engulfed him in hot oil, because someone else had allowed water to get into the handle.

Work injury compensation

Each and every one of these kitchen employees had a good case for claiming industrial injury compensation, as each time, the actions of another employee resulted in personal injuries. If you think you may be entitled to claim for compensation, contact Accident Advice Helpline on their freephone number – 0800 689 0500 – and confidentially discuss your accident with one of their helpful advisers.

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