An experienced cook in the galley badly injured his hand when his knife slipped. The incident occurred in a vessel alongside at Christmas. The cook was preparing meat when his knife slipped and jabbed the top left part of the palm of his left hand, causing a serious laceration.
As a consequence the cook needed surgery to repair three damaged nerves.
What went wrong
- The cook used no PPE – butcher’s gloves;
- The meat was not at the ideal temperature for cutting with minimum force;
- Cutting was done by both pushing and pulling of the blade;
- The risk of the knife slipping was neither assessed nor mitigated.
- Cut away from the hands or the body;
- Use appropriate PPE in the galley;
- Did the injured person feel pressure to carry on ? A person working alone also has “Stop work authority“;
- Experience is not necessarily a fail-proof barrier or mitigation against risk.
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