We may not think of the catering industry as a particularly dangerous one to work in, but the fact is it does have its fair share of risks. Those who work in the kitchen run the risk of injury from sharp kitchen equipment or burns from hot hobs and ovens. Wait staff run the risk of trip and fall injuries or back injuries. Cleaning staff could suffer cuts and lacerations. In severe cases, these injuries could be severe enough to cause lasting damage.
Anyone working in the catering industry such as a chef, waiters, waitresses, may be entitled to file a catering injury claim if their injury was caused not because of anything they did but because of inappropriate health and safety measures in the workplace.
Accidents That Are Common In The Catering Industry
Within the catering industry, accidents can occur in and out of the kitchen. These may include but are not limited to:
Burns from hot surfaces such as hobs, hot plates and ovens.
Scalds from hot liquids.
joint injuries, fractures, dislocations
Cuts from sharp knives and other sharp kitchen equipment.
Faulty kitchen appliances.
Electrocution from exposed wiring.
Bruises, sprains, and fractures from slipping and falling on wet surfaces.
Back injuries from lifting heavy objects.
Joint injuries – damage to bone and soft tissue structures of the joints. Make up about 60% of the total number of injuries of the musculoskeletal system. Can be diagnosed in persons of any age and gender. Often occur in everyday life. Often found in athletes, while the regularities between training a particular sport and the frequency of damage to certain joints. Most often suffer ankle and knee joints, somewhat less often – the joints of the upper limb (shoulder, elbow, wrist).
The concept of work-related injuries.
Trauma (Greek. trauma damage, injury) is called a violation of the anatomical integrity or physiological functions of human tissues or organs caused by external influence.
An occupational injury is the injury received by the worker on production and caused by external impact of hazardous production factors during the performance of their work responsibilities or job supervisor.
An accident at work is a damage to the human body or a violation of the correctness of its functioning, which is associated with the impact on a person of a dangerous production factor. Industrial accidents can be classified according to their causes. The main causes of occupational injuries include the following.
Technical reasons, that is, do not depend on the level of organization of labor in the enterprise, such as:
– imperfection of technological processes, design flaws of equipment, devices, tools;
– insufficient mechanization of heavy work, imperfection of fences, safety devices, alarm systems and locks;
– strength defects of materials, etc.
The human body is not a perfect mechanism, because even the automatic equipment may have malfunctions. An employee can make mistakes due to fatigue, which can be caused by large physical (static or dynamic) overloads, mental overstrain analyzers (visual, auditory, tactile), monotony of work, stressful situations, painful condition. Also, trauma can lead to such features of the employee's body as a mismatch of anatomical,physiological and mental characteristics of the body to the nature of the work performed.