According to Health & Safety Executive information, injuries in kitchens are more likely to be the result of slips and trips than any other working accident.
Slips, trips and falls in kitchens
The majority of injuries by slipping in kitchens is caused by wet floors or floors covered in grease, oil or other slippery contaminants. The risk of slipping or tripping is further increased when kitchens get extremely busy. More often than not, such slipping injuries, as well as most tripping injuries, could be avoided with good house keeping and a little forward planning to cater for busy periods.
Stopping the risk of slipping
For obvious reasons, stopping floors from getting wet or contaminated with slippery substances is a huge step towards preventing accidents at work. Preventative measures include:
- Prevention of leaks (oil, water, and so on) by proper maintenance of equipment
- Using splash guards and edged work tops to contain spills
- Using securely fitting lids on containers and pans (in particular when carrying them)
- Removing steam and grease before they can be deposited onto floors through the use of good ventilation or extractor fans
- Using drip trays and drainage channels to carry away steam drips, waste and water from bratt pans, kettles and similar equipment
- Locating messy operations safely away from thoroughfares and walkways
- Preventing water being carried onto floors from outside or other areas by providing floor mats
Putting safe working systems and procedures into place will also assist in stopping slips in kitchens. Safe working systems for kitchens include:
- Not allowing things to boil over
- Avoiding floor contamination through dry materials like flour dust or plastic bags
- Organising tasks so employees do not have to rush, turn sharply or take long strides
- Avoid the need to push, pull or carry heavy/ bulky loads by providing carts, trolleys or other suitable manual handling aids
Providing workers with training on how to clean specific floor surfaces, ensuring flooring provides workers with a firm, slip-free grip and, if necessary, installing anti-slip strips should also all help to prevent injuries at work.
If you were injured by slipping at work and the accident was not your fault, you may be able to claim for industrial injury compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 to find out whether you have a potential claim. Calls are completely confidential, there is no obligation to claim after the initial call and if you do make a compensation claim, you will be assisted by experienced legal representatives on a no win, no fee basis.
Date Published: January 9, 2014
Author: David Brown