Workers in fast food outlets are at risk of work injuries at the best of times, but working the night shift can heighten this risk through workers being tired and poorly lit passages or pathways.
Potential accidents at work
While lacerations and puncture wounds are among the work related injuries likely to affect workers in fast food chain outlets, burns and scalds seem to be more common. These can be extremely painful even if the burn or scald is only minor, but also have the potential to seriously damage ligaments, muscles, nerves and tendons, as well as potentially causing permanent scarring. Scars may contract and subsequently reduce mobility and/ or cause psychological distress. In worst case scenarios, severe burns and scalds may require the amputation of limbs or cosmetic/plastic surgery and they may even lead to death.
Preventing fast food work accidents resulting in burns and scalds
Working in a kitchen environment invariably means working among hot appliances, steam, containers filled with hot food, oil and so on. To prevent workplace accidents involving scalds or burns, it is essential to ensure workers are trained appropriately in the relevant working procedures. In addition pathways must be free of trip or slip hazards – tripping or slipping at the wrong time in the wrong place could easily result in hot liquids being spilled or hot appliances being touched in an attempt to stop the fall. This is particularly important in fast food outlets that are open at night, as kitchen and backroom passages are often also less than adequately lit and even lose flooring may cause a serious accident. Where necessary, employees should always be provided with protective gear, such as gloves or aprons.
If you were burned or scalded at work due to poor lighting, littered pathways or inadequate training, there is a good chance that you may qualify for industrial injury compensation. In order to qualify for a claim, your accident in the workplace must have been the result of negligence or carelessness on either your employer or another worker.
Accident Advice Helpline
Calling the 24/7 free phone number of Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 will put you in touch with a friendly, experienced adviser who will be able to determine whether you are eligible to claim for compensation. Following this confidential call, you will be provided with a legal professional who will conduct your claim process under a conditional fee (no win no fee) agreement.
Date Published: January 5, 2014
Author: David Brown