Catering and kitchen staff accident claim

The catering industry is fast paced and an exciting place to work – but this can present its own hazards. Restaurant kitchen staff work under pressure of time and are surrounded by hazards, such as: 

  • Hot surfaces
  • Hot and boiling water and other liquids
  • Sharp knives and equipment
  • Trip and slip hazards caused by poor storage facilities and spillages

Types of catering and kitchen staff injury

Common catering and kitchen staff injuries include: 

  • Burns and scalds
  • Lacerations
  • Back injuries
  • Fractures caused by having slipped at work

An employer’s duty of care

It is difficult to eliminate all risk in fast paced workplaces, but  the employer duty of care is to minimise the risk as far as practical, for example by: 

  • Providing personal protective equipment. PPE such as heat proof gloves and aprons can avoid burns and scalds.
  • Providing training on how to use dangerous tools such as industrial slicers, graters and cleavers.
  • Keeping floor surfaces clean and free from spillages and other hazards. Your employers must have a safe system of regular inspection and cleaning in place. All staff should be instructed to clean spillages as soon as they spotted, and the right equipment must be readily available for that purpose.
  • Training staff on how to lift and carry large or heavy objects and packages safely so as to avoid back injury.

If you have been working in a kitchen or other catering establishment as a chef, a member of kitchen staff, a waiter, or bartender and you have had an accident at work, which was someone else’s fault, then you may be entitled to bring a personal injury claim.


Thank you again for everything, I am so happy that I can finally look towards the future and start drawing a line under the accident and putting it in the past where it belongs...I don't think I've felt this happy in ages, it's like a massive weight has been lifted from my shoulders just knowing that it's all done.

Miss M, London 

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