Kitchens can be busy and fast moving places to work so it is important to be aware of what’s going on around you at all times. There are a lot of safety hazards in a kitchen environment such as cookers, sharp utensils and spills which could cause accidents.
A few of the most common types of injury in a kitchen include:
- Slips, Trips or Falls
- Electric Shock
There are a few steps to take in order to keep everyone safe within a Kitchen. These include:
- Making sure all spills are wiped up as soon as they happen
- Ensuring all electric cables and other obstructions are tidied away in a safe place
- Clean up any broken glass as soon as possible
- Thoroughly clean all surfaces regularly to ensure cleanliness and reduce the chance of slips, trips or falls.
In the event of any accident at work we always advise you seek medical attention first. Make sure your accident is recorded in the accident book if not at the time of accident then as soon as possible afterwards.
The accident book is very important when making a claim for compensation. Although the compensation is not dependant on an entry in the accident book it will certainly help us to present your case with as much evidence as possible.
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Burns and scalds are common injuries obtained when working in kitchens. This could be from handling hot food and drinks, using boiling water, and heated appliances such as kettles, cookers, ovens, grills, hobs, microwaves and toasters. As it is near impossible to eliminate all risks if burns and scalds in the kitchen, your employer should ensure that you are provided with the efficient personal protective equipment.
Slips, trips and falls are another frequent cause of injuries in the kitchen, as spillages are highly likely, due to the fast paced work of chefs. As an employer, you should ensure that floors are cleaned and inspected regularly to reduce the risk of injury in the workplace.
Sharp tools are essential for chefs working in a kitchen. These sharp tools include knives, scissors, industrial slicers, and graters, which can all cause cuts and lacerations if not used safely and appropriately. It is your employer’s duty of care to make sure that all sharp tools are stored well away when not in use, and all staff using them are aware of how to use them safely.
If you have obtained an injury whilst at work due to any of the above circumstances, you may be able to make a claim for compensation if you can prove that your accident was at the fault of your employer or another colleague.