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    Compensation for a catering injury at work


    Compensation for a catering injury at work claims are made for all sectors of working life. Thousands of people in the UK are employed in the catering and hospitality sector and sadly some of them are injured whilst at work. Where the accident was not their own fault, many people make a call to a compensation provider like accident advice helpline to get some help with making a claim for compensation. Some common hazards in the catering and hospitality sector that can give rise to compensation claims are listed below.

    Compensation for a catering injury at work – Kitchen slips, trips and falls

    The occupations most likely to be ringing Accident Advice Helpline 24 hour hotline because they have had a slip, trip or fall in a kitchen workplace environment are kitchen assistants, chefs and waiting staff. Several types of injuries can result ranging from cuts and bruises to broken wrists and ankles and serious head injuries. If the fall happens when the employee is carrying something hot or sharp then burns, scalds and cuts can also be suffered.

    Compensation for a catering injury at work – lower risk floor surfaces

    The Health and Safety Executive has issued comprehensive advice on slips, trips and falls in the catering environment and on how to prevent them. The material that the floor surface is made from as well as the way in which the floor is maintained and cleaned are included in this.

    Some examples of lower risk floor surfaces are:

    • Safety vinyl
    • Safety quarry tile
    • Safety ceramic tile
    • Resin
    • Safety paint

    However, if one of these is fitted in the workplace you still cannot assume that the hazard has been removed. There are several steps that have to be taken to maintain the low-risk characteristics of this type of flooring. They are:

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    • Use the correct cleaning equipment
    • Use cleaning products that can remove oil and grease
    • Good cleaning procedures have to be designed, the cleaning staff informed of them and trained on how to carry them out properly
    • Quickly and effectively clean up all spillages
    • Cleaning and spillage procedures must be designed, all staff must be aware of them and trained how to carry them out properly
    • Ensure that staff are wearing sensible footwear – this may have to be non-slip foot wear

    Compensation for a catering injury at work – making a claim for a kitchen accident

    Contact a compensation provider like Accident Advice Helpline as soon as you are able. They can allocate you a personal injury lawyer with experience in catering industry accident and injuries. You can get this legal support on a no win no fee* basis. You will be able to provide all the details of the accident including the type of floor and its condition at the time of your fall. Don’t forget to make a note of all your doctors and hospital appointments so that you can pass them on to your lawyer.

    To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now. 

    Date Published: 12th March 2013

    Author: David Brown

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.