Catering Accident Claim *
Catering accident claims occur when a person is injured either by the catering staff or while working as an employee for a catering company. Employers of catering services often go to great lengths to protect their employees from injury. Safety procedures are implemented due to the hectic pace of the kitchen which can often lead to people rushing. However, sometimes employers can be negligent in their duties; this is when accidents are more likely to occur.
Kitchen hazards such as hot surfaces, boiling water, sharp cutlery and wet floors all pose as significant threats to peoples’ health and safety. Employees such as chefs, kitchen porters, waiters and bartenders are all exposed to these hazards.
Burns and scalds
This is the most common of catering injuries experience by catering staff. Catering staff handle hot food, hot drinks and at times boiling water daily. Where spillages occur, they can burn or scald the staff. In the kitchen, which is generally a hectic environment, staff members may come into contact with fryers or back-splash from fryers during their work. It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that these risks are eliminated where possible. Furthermore, it is also the responsibility of the employee to follow safety regulations and not act in a negligent manner whilst at work.
Slips, Trips and Falls
Just like many businesses, slips, trip and fall accidents are just as likely in the catering environment. These can occur due to wet floors and work areas that were not cleaned in an acceptable time period, or in cases where a wet floor sign was not displayed in an area that was just mopped. These types of accidents may also lead to other injuries such as back injuries, breaks, fractures or sprains and even burns and scalds where the staff are carrying hot liquids. In these cases, liability may rest with the employer.
Lacerations are mostly experienced by the kitchen staff where they are working in close proximity with kitchen knives, cleavers, meat slicers and other sharp kitchen utensils. Negligence may rest with the employer where storage of such items is not provided, or adequate training is not provider to the staff that use them.
Manual handling Injuries
The catering industry requires a level of manual handling daily. It is the responsibility of the employer to provide manual handling training to all staff to reduce the risk of staff injuring themselves as they lift objects. Where a person injures their back from lifting as part of their duties and had not been provided with manual handling prior to carrying out the task, the employer may be held liable.
While people working in the catering industry are trained to work in a safe environment, it is also the responsibility of the employer to provide a safe working environment. The employer has a duty of care to minimise the threat of any hazardous materials. This can be achieved through a number of different ways.
- Ensuring that all floor surfaces are kept clean and clear.
- Supplying a manual handling course to all employees who will be lifting objects.
- Providing personal protective equipment (PPE).
- Training employees on the correct and safe usage of dangerous tools.
What to do after a catering injury accident?
Seek medical attention
The main priority after an incident in a kitchen is your own health and safety. The emergency services should be called immediately if the injury is a serious one. There should also always be a first aid member of staff present in the building at all times. Any medication administered should be done so with your consent. The medical report will be obtained at a later stage.
Report the incident
Once you are in a medically stable condition, the incident should be reported to the supervisor. This will ensure that the cause of the injury is identified along with ensuring that it does not happen to another person.
If you have suffered loss of earnings or incurred medical bills as a result of the injury it is recommended that you speak with a solicitor. Your solicitor will assist you in collecting important documents that will determine where liability lies. Examples of these documents include:
- Medical records
- CCTV footage
- Witness reports
- Photographic evidence
Speak with a personal injury solicitor * to discuss your next steps.
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