Franchise fined $60,000

Apr 03 2019

 A NSW franchise of KFC (also known as Kentucky Fried Chicken) has been fined $60,000 after a 20-year-old worker slipped in the kitchen and suffered serious burns to his leg.

 
The incident has prompted a warning from SafeWork NSW to employers about the need to provide safe working conditions.
 
The worker used a ladder in November 2016 to clean the area above open pots containing hot oil used to cook chicken at the KFC in Coffs Harbour.
 
As the worker tried to come down from the ladder, there was an electricity black-out and his leg slipped in a cooking pot. He suffered third-degree burns to his left leg and underwent a skin graft.
 
The District Court fined QSR Pty Ltd $60,000 late last month. QSR has the right to lodge an appeal.
 
The court found that there had been a failure to ensure the cooker lids were closed and in a locked position when the area above them was cleaned. They should also have been switched off during the cleaning process.
 
The judgment said that QSR pleaded guilty in its failure to provide its health and safety duty which exposed the worker to risk.
 
The court found QSR did not adequately implement safe work procedures, including training, for the cleaning task.
 
The judgment said QSR "demonstrated remorse and contrition" and has taken many steps since the incident "to ensure the safety of its workers".
 
Executive director for SafeWork operations Tony Williams said it was vital for employers to equip young workers with the right training and resources, supported by adequate levels of supervision and monitoring.
 
"The incident occurred at a workplace with a number of young and vulnerable workers who have limited work experience and may not understand the risks of what they are doing or know how to protect themselves from injury," Mr Williams said.
 
"By law, managers or supervisors of young workers have a legal obligation to protect
young workers from incidents such as this which are entirely preventable."
 
Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Last changed: Apr 03 2019 at 10:20 AM

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