cooked in the fryer can cause an immediate explosive reaction spitting oil up onto body parts. This happens daily in many fast food restaurants yet doesn’t get reported because the Front Line Restaurant Workers treat it on site and get back on the line unless it’s one of the very nasty ones and an emergency room visit it required. These daily oil splashes not only hit the body but they also make it onto the floor as you can see in our video of the first test of fryer oil splash-over onto the floor ever conducted in a major fast food restaurant during only 30 minutes of a normal shift. As workers tell us in the videos on our site, the floors in front of the fryer can get so slippery that the standard ‘Non-Slip’ shoes often no longer hold traction which is very concerning for overall safety as ‘Slip & Falls’ are the #1 cause of dangerous accidents in the kitchen, many of which occur directly in front of the deep fryers which can cause you to dunk your whole arm into the fryer or serious bodily harm.
That cause the oil to splash back onto the Front Line Worker’s hands, arms and faces. These are very painful and some of them cause permanent scarring. Basket shakes also contribute to a significant amount of the oil and product that jumps over the basket and onto the floor as you will also see in our video on ‘Slip & Falls’.
This one you hear over and over again and the results can be truly eye opening. This is when the infamous ‘Oil Wave’ or ‘Oil Tsunami’ as some workers refer to it as, rushes straight back at them due to the basket dropping from the height of the hanging hook, often with a full load of product. This can result in serious chest, neck and face burns. Although in our videos we blur out the brand names on their uniforms, the stories of missing the hanging hook are numerous and come from Front Line Restaurant Workers in the largest fast food chains in the world.
One of the most dangerous accidents in the work place are ’Slip & Falls’ and they account for some of the largest Worker’s Compensation claims in the industry. Anyone that has worked in a fast paced kitchen knows just how slippery the floor directly in front of the fryer can get due to oil drops and fries spilling onto the floor from basket shakes or even just lowering frozen or wet product into the oil and causing it to jump out of the fryer vat and onto the floor. In fact, we conducted the first ever oil splash test in one of the leading global fast-food chains and in just over 30 minutes the amount of oil and fries that splashed over onto the floor was significant. Slip & Falls can lead to head injuries or hand/arm dunks into the scalding oil when reaching out to stop the fall potentially causing severe and scarring burns. As you will hear from actual workers and managers in some of the largest fast food chains in our video on Slip & Falls, even with the non-stick shoes and non-stick tiles, once the oil layer is on the floor, they no longer provide the secure grip needed to prevent Slip & Falls. The OilGuards help dramatically reduce the amount of oil that builds up on the floor in front of the fryers and help reduce these potentially dangerous Slip & Falls.
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