A burn is not the only serious injury that an employee in the hospitality and catering industry can suffer. The sheer amount of electrical equipment present in an industrial kitchen can pose a serious risk of electrical shocks to an employee, and are a major contributory cause of accidents at work.
What are the main causes of electrical shocks in a restaurant kitchen?
Machines that mix water and electricity can be deadly. Unfortunately their presence in the catering and hospitality industry is essential, but they may still cause work accidents.
In July of this year, the case of a 48-year-old electrician who was electrocuted in Elgin, Scotland, whilst repairing a dishwasher in a restaurant, shows that even the most experienced experts in the field can still be subjected to electrical shocks.
What to do if you believe someone has suffered an electrical shock?
The Electrical Safety Council (ESC) has proposed the following guide for when dealing with persons who have suffered an electrical shock.
The first piece of advice is to NEVER touch someone who you believe is receiving an electrical shock. It may not be apparent at first if someone is suffering from an electrical shock, always approach with extreme caution!
You should however:
- Try and separate the person from the electrical equipment. As stated, you should never touch a person directly who you believe to be suffering an electrical shock but the important first step is to cut off the electricity supply to the equipment in question. Do this by shutting off the electricity supply at the mains or the fusebox.
- If this isn’t possible then you should try to remove the person from the source of the electrical shock with a length of insulating material such as a plank of wood.
- If the person is unconscious, then contact an ambulance immediately! Only a qualified person should attempt to carry out first aid.
If you’ve been injured within the last three years, as the result of an electric shock, and it wasn’t your fault then you may be entitled to industrial accident compensation. Accident Advice Helpline has over 13 years experience in providing compensation.
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Date Published: November 27, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Electric shock injury claims