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Young cook seriously burned by boiling water.

Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Olympia, WA: Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, 86-5-2008, 2008 Apr; :1
What happened? A cook in his early thirties was working when he slipped on a mat in the kitchen. As he went to reach out for something to brace his fall, he pulled a pot of boiling water down off the stove which spilled down his back. 1. He suffered 2nd degree burns to approximately 15% of his body. 2. He was in the hospital for 2 weeks and out of work for 5 weeks. 3. The injury costs were almost $11,000 dollars. How can you prevent this from happening? Employees: 1. Set pot handles so they don't stick out over the edge of the range and are away from burners. 2. Clean up spills immediately, if spills reach the underside of kitchen mats, they can become ineffective as slip-resistant surfaces. 3. Wear protective footwear with slip-resistant soles. 4. Avoid boots that can trap hot liquid inside. 5. Keep work areas free of trash and food scraps, many slips and trips are the result of poor housekeeping. Employers: 1. Designate someone on each shift to be responsible for immediate clean-up of food, oil or other liquid spills, especially during busy times. 2. Assure that mats are of an adequate size, stiffness and grip to prevent slipping. 3. Provide health and safety training to employees. This will help employees learn how to recognize and avoid hazards and keep lines of communication open with management. 4. Train your employees on first aid for burns so that immediate and proper first aid treatment is accessible at the job site.
Injuries; Injury-prevention; Workers; Work-environment; Humans; Temperature-effects; Burns; Skin; Skin-exposure; Heat-conduction; Heat-exposure; Hazards; Age-groups; Traumatic-injuries; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment
SHARP Program, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, PO Box 44330, Olympia, WA 98504-4330
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Young cook seriously burned by boiling water
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