Injury At Work Compensation For Worker Scalded When Risk Assessment Not Carried out in Hospital Kitchen
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11th February 2008

Successful claim for compensation for client injured by scalding water

Working in a hot, busy kitchen can be a hazardous place to work. It is therefore critical that every activity is subject to risk assessments and that safe systems of working are implemented. When that kitchen is in a hospital it could be expected that this would be more likely to be scrutinised having seen the results of accidents occurring all the time.

On the day that our client suffered her injury at work, she was taking a can of beans from the top shelf of an oven. The can had been placed there by a colleague and was covered with cling film. Because the beans were steaming, water had gathered on top of the cling film, so that when she pulled the can down at an angle, scalding water ran down and caused a burn injury.

Although she was not wearing oven gloves at the time, the nature of the accident was such that even had she worn protective gloves, the water would still have run down her sleeve and gone through the fabric.

The judge found that the relevant Six-Pack Regulations had been breached and that no safe system of work had been implemented. The so-called six-pack consists of safety regulations that came into force in 1992. These cover safe systems of work including the management of health and safety at work, the provision and use of work equipment, manual handling regulations, and the provision of personal protective equipment. Their purpose is to provide a framework to protect employees in the workplace.

The judge felt it was entirely foreseeable that this accident would happen given the circumstances, and that a risk assessment would have prevented this entirely avoidable injury.

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Should you decide to instruct us to represent you in your accident claim, Clear Answers’ lawyers have teams of specialists waiting to help you. We have extensive experience in all types of accident at work claims, whether it was the result of negligence on the part of your employer, or some other cause.

Our lawyers will be happy to provide you with expert legal advice, talk you through the claims process in plain English and answer any questions you may have regarding your claim. If you or a family member has been injured in these circumstances, please ring us on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers. Alternatively, you may prefer to complete one of our online compensation claim forms and one of our representatives will contact you as quickly as possible.

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