In the day to day world of the industrial kitchen, many liquids are present, including water, cooking oil, olive oil, dish soap, oven degreaser and floor-cleaner. Although most of these liquids are essential in the work place, they pose a huge risk of slips, trips, and falls, and work-related accidents.
Have there been any instances of serious injury as a result of a slip on liquid in restaurant accidents?
Unfortunately there have. The HSE reported on the harrowing case of Aimee in 2009. Aimee, 16 years of age, was an employee at a fast food restaurant. On one particular day, she slipped on water that had been leaking from an ice-making machine over several days.
As she fell, Aimee instinctively put her hand out to break her fall. Unfortunately, her hand plunged into the deep fat fryer containing oil at a temperature of over 180°c. As a result, she sustained horrific burns to her left hand and forearm.
The slip alone was a serious injury to sustain but coupled with a burn from scalding oil, illustrates how sometimes slips can be exacerbated by a second injury, and the importance of proper floor maintenance cannot be understated.
Although the official company policy was to clean any spillages, it was however common practice for this not to be followed during busy times, and instead cover them with a sheet of cardboard (itself a tripping hazard.) During these busy periods, the company was focused more on the customers than it was on mopping up spillages.Open Claim Calculator
What happened to the company?
The company was fined £15,000 by the local authority and the investigating environmental health officer deemed the accident to have been completely avoidable had the company maintained a safe system of work or carried out a suitable risk assessment.
If you’ve been affected by restaurant accidents, which were not your fault, then you may be entitled to compensation. Accident Advice Helpline has over a decade in experience of providing compensation for restaurant accidents.
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