Catering, by its very nature, has a huge range of potential dangers; dangerous working environments including some that are very hot, others that are very cold, the use of sharp knives and potentially dangerous chemicals and procedures in employees’ daily roles all make catering a potentially risky industry in which to work. It is only by implementing strategies of risk management and health and safety management that make it as safe as it can be.
Employees should always be properly equipped and trained to deal with extremes in temperature; whether that be handling hot pans, using very hot hobs and ovens, or dealing with freezers and refrigerated areas.
Knife injuries are common in the catering industry simply due to the frequency with which they are used. These can be minimised by ensuring all employees are properly trained on how to use knives, to ensure they use the correct equipment for each job, to keep them sharp, to use them in suitable conditions, and to handle, store and carry them safely.
Slips and trips
All employers must ensure that their employees, and anyone else who could be affected by the work (any members of the public such as visitors etc) are kept safe from harm. This involves ensuring that any spillages, leaks or trip hazards are clearly signed and dealt with as swiftly as possible.
Due to the high volume of cleaning within catering, many employees are exposed to chemicals that can cause adverse reaction to the skin. Whether the issue arises due to allergies or exposure to irritants, employers have a responsibility to provide suitable personal protective equipment and procedures that minimise dangerous exposure.
In addition to the health and safety management regulations, employers have a responsibility to avoid the need for hazardous manual handling so far as is reasonably practicable. Repetitive tasks within the catering industry can cause back pain and upper limb disorders, but these can be minimised by suitable assessment of working practice and implementation of alternative techniques.
Have you been injured while working in catering?
If you or someone you care for work, or have worked in catering, and you have been affected by an injury caused within your workplace, you could well be entitled to claim for compensation. It might have been a serious injury from a slip or trip that was not clearly signed or dealt with appropriately, or you might have developed a musculoskeletal or upper limb disorder from years of performing the same task within your job. Whatever the cause, you should contact one of our solicitors today. They have years of experience in handling cases like yours, and will swiftly be able to listen to your side of the story and identify whether it is suitable to put a claim together.Contact us today to find out how we can help you get the pay out you deserve.