Believe it or not, but the innocuous kitchen environment can actually be one of the most dangerous. With sharp knives, boiling water, sizzling grease, and electrical devices all in constant casual use, it’s no wonder that the kitchen is the domestic area where the most accidents are sustained. In a commercial environment, these dangers are all greatly enhanced.
Most common injuries sustained by kitchen workers
You may imagine that cuts are the most common injury sustained by kitchen workers who have to cut up a huge number of vegetables at break-neck pace every day, but in fact cuts are not the most common serious injury sustained in the kitchen environment. Chefs who cut vegetables very quickly have been trained in this special technique, and rarely receive more than a small nick. In fact, slippages caused by spillages are the most common serious injury sustained in the kitchen. Second to this is burns caused by spitting grease, boiling water, and the accidental handling of hot pans.
The kitchen also presents the very serious danger of slippages combined with electrical devices. Water conducts electricity, which means that if a spillage is allowed to come into contact with a plug or electrical device that is on, anyone in contact with the water could be electrocuted. Faulty electrical devices can spark, which can be disastrous in any environment where large amounts of extremely flammable oil is in use.
What to do if you have sustained an injury at work
If you have been injured working in a kitchen environment and it wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. Your employer has a duty to make sure that his employees are safe at work, and that includes ensuring that everyone has received the proper training in how to behave in the kitchen. Potential dangers should be properly signposted, and everyone should be given the proper safety equipment.
If you’d like to know more about what constitutes employer negligence, call our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline today. The helpline is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Our advisers will be able to discuss your situation in detail and give advice on whether or not you would be entitled to personal injury compensation, as well as how much compensation you could potentially receive. No matter what you do or where you work, you should never have to work in unsafe conditions.
Date Published: November 22, 2013
Author: David Brown