Many people aspire to work their way through the ranks in a professional kitchen. For some, the idea of being a chef is inspiring and would be a dream come true. However, even those who love this kind of work will not be immune to the dangers of being a chef. There are many potential risks that could occur, if proper measures are not taken to reduce the odds of something going wrong.
Examples of what can happen
- Cuts. Chefs use knives and other sharp implements such as cleavers on a regular basis. As such, there is always a risk of cuts, ranging from the fairly minor ones to those that are deep and require treatment.
- Slipping over. The floor of a kitchen can easily get slippery in a short period of time. Regular cleaning can reduce the chances of slipping and falling over.
- Burns. With hot ovens, hobs and assorted dishes, baking trays and other items being used every day, it’s no wonder one of the main risks to a chef is that of being burned. Fortunately, most burns will be minor, but they can still be painful.
- Lifting injuries. Few people would assume lifting injuries are among the dangers of being a chef. However, you will need to accept deliveries of ingredients, and these deliveries could be potentially heavy. As such, you need to make sure you can lift safely.
- Scalds. These can happen just as easily as burns. Leaning over the steam being produced by a boiling saucepan of vegetables, or being hit by a cloud of steam emitted from an oven as it opens, could potentially produce injuries.
What can you do about the dangers of being a chef?
If you work for a responsible employer, they should do risk assessments that reduce the dangers you are faced with on a daily basis. Even a few simple steps to prevent things from going wrong can make all the difference. However, if you’ve already been injured and you are wondering whether you can make a claim to get some compensation, you should get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. This is easy to do, by calling 0800 689 0500. Once you’ve contacted us, we can assess your circumstances to see whether a no win, no fee claims process would be likely to meet with success.
Date Published: April 19, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead