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Claim for Restaurant Kitchen Injury Resolved

Posted: March 12th, 2016

A compensation claim made by a chef for injuries sustained in a restaurant kitchen have been resolved for a five-figure compensation settlement.

Mr Shijun Liu was working in the Howard’s Way Restaurant, Rathgar in March 2013 when the accident occurred. On the day of the incident, Mr Liu was working in the restaurant’s sister establishment in Dublin, and was trying to help a cleaner manoeuvre a domestic power hose that was used to clean kitchens.

As he was attempting to untangle the hose, it suddenly turned on and started spurting scalding water, causing severe burns to Mr Liu’s foot. He was taken to the VHI Clinic in Dundrum for treatment.

Mr Liu was incapacitated for two weeks after the accident, unable to return to work. After seeking legal advice, Mr Liu proceeded to make a claim against his employer, Declan Howard (trading as Howard’s Way Restaurant). When the Injuries Board requested permission to investigate the claim, however, it was denied.

The claim for the kitchen injury compensation was taken to the Circuit Civil Court earlier this month, where it was heard by Mr Justice Raymond Groarke. Evidence was given that the hose was not suitable for use with such hot water, as it would have softened over time. Judge Groarke found in Mr Liu’s favour, awarding him €15,000 compensation, adding that he found Mr Liu’s version of the events very compelling.

Categories: Work Accident

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