How to Prevent Kitchen Injuries

Posted by on Jun 15, 2019 in Injuries | 0 comments

Restaurants are known for being a high-intensity workplace. Chefs and line cooks have to produce a large amount of high-quality food in a short time. This means that everyone has to work efficiently and cohesively. On top of this, it’s incredibly easy to get injured on the job.

If you’re working in a kitchen, here are some ways to minimize your risk of getting hurt:

  • Wear non-slip shoes

This is a requirement for all restaurants, and for a good reason. If you don’t follow this rule, you endanger yourself and those around you. It’s one thing to fall in the comfort of your own home, but falling in a bustling kitchen screams disaster, especially when you’re holding a knife or pot of hot oil.

  • Follow proper knife safety

If you’re using a knife, wear a cut glove on the hand opposite of the one using the knife. When you’re walking with a knife, alert those around you and never walk with the blade sticking out, unless you’re trying to grievously injure someone.

On top of this, follow the old saying, “a falling knife has no handle.” If you or someone drops a knife, don’t try to be a hero by catching it, it won’t end well. Jump back quickly and alert everyone to the falling knife.

  • Never put a knife in the sink

Okay, this one could probably go with the previous rule, but it definitely deserves its own rule. This is the cardinal rule of working in a kitchen. You can seriously hurt yourself or whoever else is washing dishes if they reach into a sink that’s full of soapy water and slice their hand on the knife. Most places have a dedicated place for dirty knives. If not, wash it yourself. It takes almost no time to properly wash a knife and put it back where it belongs.

  • Be careful with hot pots

When walking from one end of the kitchen to another with a hot pot, yell “hot pot” and walk slowly. Bumping into those around you can cause burns or make the floor slippery. If you do spill water, dry the floor as quickly as possible after you make sure people know of the potential hazard.

If the oil is spilled, make sure that every bit is cleaned up. Water may evaporate a bit on its own, but oil will stick around and trip anyone who walks on it.

Even if you follow all of these steps, you can’t always ensure that those around you do as well. Negligence is a leading cause of kitchen-related injuries and can quickly lead to serious injuries on behalf of the victim.

If you find yourself injured at the hands of someone else’s workplace negligence, contact Portner Bond, PLLC and get set up with an attorney who can help. Medical expenses and lost wages can pile up quickly if you’re injured on the, so make sure to get the help you deserve so that you’re back on your feet in no time.

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Coping with a Wrongful Death

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Family, Injuries | 0 comments

People often forget that human beings are just as fragile as any other living creature on this planet. People are made up of bones, muscle, and skin and from what was once ash will return to ash just the same. It can all be gone in the blink of an eye, vanish like breath on a mirror. But what some people also fail to recognize is that they have profound effects on other people just the same. The loss of one can ripple into a tidal wave, a hurricane of hardship and pain to a multitude of people.

Imagine then when a life that should have continued on for decades was abruptly and unjustly taken due to something that should have been completely avoidable? If you are directly connected to the loss, the grief and pain felt cannot be anything that any words in any language can be able to properly convey. One day, you wake up and everything is normal and all of a sudden, when you’re just about to go sleep, suddenly you realize that everything that transpired from that day has now changed for your life forever. That is what loss this close to home can do to you. And there is no recovery from something like this, when you lose someone due to an accident that should never have happened in the first place.

If you have evidence that suggests or proves beyond reasonable doubt that the event that caused the death was due to someone else’s intentional or ignorant negligence, then there is legal action that can be taken.

The website of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck, P.A. states that to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the guilty party is in order to claim financial compensation that can cause strain to any family. There are the burial expenses as well as any outstanding medical bills that may have been a result of the accident as well. It is not only that but there are also the circumstances that surround the surviving family or beneficiaries if the deceased was their primary income earner.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a wrongful death type of case, contact a professional immediately.

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Truck Accidents: Things Drivers of Smaller Vehicles Should Avoid

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Automobile Acidents, Cars, Injuries | 0 comments

For so many truck drivers, driving for 11 hours straight and cross-county is normally part the job, thus trucks are built with sleeping berths where they can get the rest and sleep that they need to keep them from driving while sleepy or fatigued.

Different government agencies actually work together to make sure that trucks never become threats on the road as their size and weight are much more than enough to run over and crash any vehicle. But while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mainly focuses on improving the safety in the operation of commercial motor vehicles (CMV), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) turns its focus on both truck drivers and other motorists, constantly reminding the latter of the things they should avoid whenever they share the road with an 18-wheeler. These reminders are aimed at reducing risks of truck accidents and these include:

  • Avoiding blind spots. Truck drivers have multiple blind spots, such as the area directly behind the truck and truck’s passenger side. Blind spots (also called no zone areas) are areas where the truck driver will most likely fail to see the presence of another smaller vehicle (an obvious danger, especially if the truck were to make a right turn). Smaller vehicles should avoid these areas and, if going to drive past a truck, should do so at the driver’s side, where the diver will clearly see his/her vehicle.
  • Never driving too closely behind a truck. This is called tailgating and it is definitely dangerous, not only because you would be in a truck’s no-zone area, but because if the truck makes an emergency stop, the chances of a fatal accident may not be remote. Besides, tailgating also renders the (tailgating) driver totally unaware of the real situation of the road farther ahead, as well as greatly reduces his/her chance to reacting in time to impending road dangers.
  • Observe proper care at intersections. When executing a turn, trucks eat up multiple lanes, thus it is best that other vehicles always yield to trucks. Turning alongside trucks can prove fatal to drivers and passengers of smaller vehicles.

On its website, the Law Offices of Jeff Benton explains that truck drivers are never exempt from liability even if the vehicle it collides with in an accident is in its blind spot, or no-zone area. The truck drive is fully responsible in making sure that no vehicle is in the no zone area before he/she accelerates, turns or brakes his/her truck, as well as before he/she makes any lane changes.

Victims of car accidents, on the other hand, are sometimes advised to get in touch with an Oklahoma truck accident lawyer for them to know and understand their legal rights and possible actions against the liable parties.

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Personal Injury: No-Fault Auto Liability Insurance

Posted by on Feb 1, 2015 in Automobile Acidents, Injuries | 0 comments

Cars have become the most ordinary means of transportation for Americans, resulting in millions of cars running on US roads and highways every day and millions more still being added to the count every year. But car congestion also leads to one result – an increase in the number of road accidents, injuring more than two million people and taking the lives of more than 30,000 motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists annually.

Car accidents are often totally preventable occurrences, usually happening because of the irresponsible or negligent acts of some drivers. Thus, because of this failure to exercise the required amount of caution, the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) never fails to remind drivers about the seriousness of observing safety traffic rules and the possible consequences of any form of violation of these safety rules.

In view of the possible physical injury and certain property damage during accidents, all US states have made it a mandate that drivers should carry car liability insurance. Though the minimum amount of coverage may differ among states, all agree, nonetheless, that this insurance protection should cover potential risks of financial liability for physical injury and damage to property which a driver may be required to compensate if he/she ends up causing an accident.

In recent years many insurance firms have begun introducing no-fault auto liability insurance, promoting this too more than the traditional insurance coverage. While the latter type of coverage required the decision of the court regarding proof of liability (before the accused driver’s insurance provider pays the victim or claimant), this no-fault auto liability insurance no longer requires court decisions as payment (which ought to cover cost of medical treatment due to the injury, as well as all other accident-related losses) will have to be made by the provider to its own policy holder regardless of whose fault the accident is.

The insurance premium in a no-fault auto liability coverage is usually lower compared to at-fault policies since court proceedings are no longer required. Despite authenticity of claims, however, some insurance providers find ways to disapprove claims applications or award only a minimal amount to the claimant. Indiana personal injury lawyers may be able to render the needed legal assistance that will help claimants have their applications approved or receive the highest amount of benefit stipulated in the policy. Contact a lawyer in your state today to learn further information about starting your claim today.

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