Professional kitchens are usually exposed to many dangers and hazards that can occur when you least expect it. Workers been burnt, slipped, get cuts, faces fractures and even gets electrocuted while been on job. It is always better to take necessary precautions by identifying and been able to minimize these risks that can take place. The well being and safety of the staff is the result of a happy staff. Statistical records states in the recent couple of years approximately 12,000 workers have made compensation claims against accidents faced while employed in professional kitchens. Find out now if your kitchen is accident prone or a safe zone to be working on.
The common and not so common injuries
Kitchens are usually tend to be slippery floors. This can lead to unexpected slips and falls and cause wounds, cuts and fractures to the head. These accidents can be minor and sometimes even be serious injuries that need timely and emergency medical intervening. Hearing losses can also be expected due to continuous exposure to loud noises with the wholesale catering equipment usage.
Large scale professional kitchens are normally seen with large and heavy products
and wholesale catering equipment lifting these can cause back injuries due to muscle strains. Accidental slips and falls is also another reason for back injuries to take place. Finger and arms are faced open wounds from food preparation and equipment handling. Fractures, burns, muscle strains are all common ailments that are related to the hands and arms. Lifting of heavy object can also put a strain on ones shoulders which may take a significant amount of time to heal.
Make the kitchenette accident free zone
Always keep in mind or instruct the relevant individuals to double check if the deep fryers are sealed when not in use to minimize the chances or been burnt. Place appropriate signs, warning or notices close to items that maybe hazardous or have extreme heating capacities. Have a thorough check on the fire hydrants, replace old and expired hydrants for the best use. Go through and stock up on medical items that need to be purchased or replaced in the first aid box and it is advisable to keep a chart of methods in treating common injuries. Make sure all workers are aware that knifes should not be kept at the edge of their workstations and once done it should be kept away with the blades facing downwards.
It is always better to purchase machinery that is waterproof which will greatly minimize the amount of workers been electrocuted.