Compensation for Kitchen InjuriesFebruary 26, 2019
Wherever food is prepared, such as in restaurants, bakeries, food trucks, or factories that make and process food, people can get hurt.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) the food service industry experienced more than 190,000 injuries in 2014, costing employees and business owners more than 9,000 days away from work.
Kitchen accidents can result in any number of injuries. Some of these injuries include:
Frequently, food preparation requires cutting and chopping. To do this, sharp tools are indispensable, ranging from paring knives to cleavers and slicing machines. However, each of these tools presents a hazard for causing cuts and lacerations.
Other tools such as mixers, Cuisinarts, and even potato peelers may cause cuts and lacerations or worse.
Strains and Sprains
Chefs and other workers in the kitchen are in constant motion. As such, they risk tripping and other hazards that can cause strains and sprains around the kitchen. Additionally, lifting and moving around pots and pans as well as food ingredients can cause strains and sprains to the shoulders, neck, and back.
Though we heat food with gas and electricity, the possibility of causing serious burns and even destruction of the buildings with fire is still there. Many aspects of cooking use fire in a controlled manner. However, sometimes fires get out of control, and can cause numerous risks of injury, such as burns.
In addition to fire concerns, the pots and pans on top of the range can spill and cause terrible burn injuries.
Chefs will tell you that some of the most career-threatening injuries are caused by the repetitive nature of many kitchen tasks, and the risks of stress injuries they represent. Many experience back and foot problems from standing all day. A specific injury, known as hallux rigidus, or chef’s foot, is a form of arthritis that affects the big toe, especially for people who stand all day.
Repetitive actions such as chopping and flipping can lead to repetitive stress disorders like carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, and other forms of tendonitis.
Improved Ergonomics can Reduce Potential Injuries
A few hours of time studying the ergonomics of your kitchen, whether at home or at work, can be instructive about the safest ways to work, the least harmful angles to use, and the freedom to take occasional breaks to prevent the body from locking in place in an unhealthy way.
When these steps are not taken and an injury happens in the kitchen at work, Workers’ Compensation benefits can help injured workers with medical bills, lost wages, and more.
Delaware County Workplace Injury Lawyers at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello Help Workers who Suffer Kitchen Injuries
When you need legal help that understands the dangers a kitchen can pose, talk to the Delaware County workplace injury lawyers at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello. We have the legal knowledge and experience to seek what is best for you and your family.
Call our Media, Pennsylvania office today at 610-892-4940 or contact us online for a free consultation. We represent clients throughout the state, including Media, West Chester, and Delaware County, Pennsylvania.