August 9, 2005
Source: Today’s Restaurant News – Florida
According to the Philadelphia-based Burn Foundation, the foodservice industry experiences the highest number of burns of any employment sector each year. Cooks, food handlers, kitchen workers and wait staff are all listed among the top 50 occupations at risk for on-the-job burn injury. Among the most dangerous duties is the removal of oil and cleaning or “boiling out” of deep fryers, a time-consuming and unpleasant task that is often left to young and inexperienced teenagers.
FiltaFry’s mobile onsite cooking oil filtration and fryer management service greatly reduces the constant threat of accidents, burns and other injuries in a commercial kitchen’s frying operation by assuming all fryer cleaning and maintenance tasks, resulting in reduced accident and insurance claims and lower labor costs because employees have more time for other responsibilities, says the company.
According to a study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in which data was taken from a sample of hospitals across the country during a two-year period, emergency rooms treated almost 45,000 injuries suffered by teenage restaurant workers and nearly half of the injuries involved hot grease. The Burn Foundation says most burns are likely to occur when employees ignore safety rules, are pressed for time and take shortcuts.