Kitchen equipment injury claims

Introduction

Updated: October 8, 2018

According to the Food Statistics pocketbook published by DEFRA, the catering industry employs more than 1.6 million people in almost 450,000 sites. A further 400,000 work in food and drink manufacturing in around 10,000 locations.

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Food preparation areas are busy environments and full of potential hazards; workers in the accommodation/food services sector have statistically higher than average accident rates.

The kitchen and catering industry is the third highest sector for injury reports, after the agriculture and construction industries.

Busy commercial kitchen

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What are the main hazards?

Although most injuries in kitchens are caused by slips, trips and falls, lifting heavy objects or mishandling of knives, a number of accidents occur as a result of defective equipment.

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Injuries caused by defective equipment in kitchens

Hands, arms and feet are most at risk from burns and scalds, and although many are minor, some may be traumatic and painful, especially where large areas of skin are affected.

Scalds

Overheated liquid may boil over, spilling onto workers and surfaces, or jets of steam from ovens may leak when the oven door is opened. Scalds can also result if poorly maintained vessels leak steam.

Burns

Indicator lights on hotplates and griddles should display when the surface is hot. When these indicators fail, the risk of burn injury significantly increases. Faulty jets on gas rings and grills can lead to sudden flares and faulty thermostats can also cause fires.

In addition to maintaining equipment, the owner or operator of the kitchen must install and maintain appropriate fire extinguishers in place to control any fire. Evidence of a failure to adhere to health and safety regulations may indicate negligence on the part of the employer.

Deep cuts and other injuries

Deep cuts and lacerations to hands and fingers may be sustained if guards on food processing equipment are faulty or missing. A kitchen worker may sever the ends of his fingers on slicing and chopping machines where the guard is not properly installed.

Compensation claims have also been made on behalf of kitchen staff who have sustained injury from defective electrical equipment that causes electric shocks and burns, and in some cases, electrocution.

All portable appliances should be PAT tested; cables and flexes should be tested for static equipment and any faults reported and repaired. Adaptors should not be overloaded as they may cause fires.

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Can a claim be brought by a worker injured through defective kitchen equipment?

If a chef, cook or other kitchen worker has sustained injury through using defective kitchen equipment then he or she may be able to claim compensation.

Using work equipment includes starting, stopping, programming, setting, transporting, repairing, modifying, maintaining, servicing and cleaning that equipment.

The employer has a duty to provide work equipment that is suitable for the job, and to ensure it is properly maintained and safe to use.

Strict liability

A Claimant does not have to show that the employer was at fault for the defect, only that the defect existed. This is known as strict liability.

Any employee also has a duty of care to himself and his colleagues - for example he should wear or use the appropriate protective equipment and ensure that proper guards are in place before using slicing equipment. He should never clean any electrical equipment without disconnecting it from the power supply.

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Guaranteed No Win, No Fee - Pay nothing if you lose your claim

Typically a no win no fee contract (technically known as a Conditional Fee Agreement) is entered into between a claimant and a qualified lawyer.

A CFA is essentially the terms and conditions under which the solicitor represents their client.

It sets out what the lawyers will do as well as how he or she will be rewarded if the compensation claim is successful.

If you instruct Quittance Personal Injury for your kitchen equipment injury claim there are no sneaky hidden fees , no up-front fees and the complete peace of mind that you will never be financially out of pocket.

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Calculate my kitchen equipment injury compensation

The amount of compensation you will receive depends on a number of factors. Our personal injury compensation calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

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Accidents at work - Claims against your employer

Every year, 600,000* employees are injured in accidents at work. If you have suffered an injury or illness at work, you may able to claim compensation.

Find out if you can claim kitchen equipment injury compensation from your employer: Read more about work accident claims

*Source: 2016/17 Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report

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About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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