Chefs feed the nation, which is a very important and rewarding role. However, it’s no secret that being a chef is hard work.
Not only do chefs have to work in busy environments for long hours, but they are also exposed to some serious injury risks. What are some of the most common injuries among professional chefs?
It comes as no surprise that burns are one of the most common injuries suffered by chefs. Being exposed to flames, grills, boiling pans of water and hot plates leaves chefs in a vulnerable position. Burn injuries range from minor to severe, and infections are a serious concern with severe burn injuries.
Cuts and lacerations
Chefs not only have to cook the food they serve to guests, but the products need to be prepared. This includes chopping vegetables, butchering meat and filleting fish. It takes a sharp knife to complete these tasks and where sharp knives are concerned, there’s always a risk of cuts and lacerations.
Slips, trips and falls
The kitchen is a fast-paced environment and chefs are constantly on the move. This in itself can present a fall hazard, but coupled with cooking oils and other lubricants, slips, trips and falls are a real concern for kitchen staff.
It takes years of training to become a professional chef and most are fully committed to the job. This means that when they obtain an injury, it’s difficult to earn any income.
If you were injured on the job, you may be entitled to worker’s compensation. This can help to relieve some financial strain and cover medical costs. Seek legal guidance to find out more about your options.