I work in a supermarket part-time at the bread section, so i bake bread, cakes etc.
Today was a very busy day since it was a national holiday so I was working extremely fast. It was one of those days were you are kind of stressed, somehow i had managed to burn a dozen baguettes!
The oven has 4 sections and the top one is quite high up, I was just taking a tray of breads out and the tray slipped onto my arm and left a huge burn. In total shock i quickly put it under water...the burn had made half of my skin peel of.
I figured it was serious so i told my boss i was going to the doctors, the doctor declared it as a second degree burn.
Later on I call up my boss letting him know how I was, he then told me that it was my fault because I had my sleeves rold up....
so here is my dilemma:
1. No-one had ever told me that I should bake bread with my sleeves down (and it gets really hot by the oven's so rolling up my sleeves seemed the logical thing to do)
2. Even if i had my sleeves down...the 200 degree plate of bread would have burned through the nylon/cotton uniform and probably would have made the burn even worse.
3. I found it rather mean of my boss not to really care about my well-being but rather start pin pointing that it was my fault...I had no intention of even sueing him whatsoever....I just think it was an accident..and these things happen.
I just wanted to hear other people's opinions on my situation... because i do have to see and talk to my boss again and was wondering if I should point out these things to him.
I know nothing of the laws where you live, but I do know in Canada that if you are injured on the job-site (while working) and need any type of medical care you are covered by workers compensation. It doesn't matter who is to blame.
I would take it up with your boss that if it is indeed your fault for having your sleeves up he should institute rules.
Or you could leave the whole thing alone. Sounds painful,
Ask your STUPID boss for a copy of the safety policy, and specifically ask him to point out where it says that you must wear long sleeves when working around the oven. Then ask your STUPID boss when your he last organised safety training for his staff.
Then tell your STUPID boss to GOOTEN STOOFED!
(sorry, that's my best Dutch)
Your boss is trying to cover his ASS. He reckons if you think its your fault you wont take the matter further. The Netherlands is part of the EU so lm sure there are similarities between it and UK if not it will have European Law to legislate too...
You should have had proper H&S training and if this sleeves up down was an issue it should have been mentioned but as you say a cotton shirt/coat think aint much protection - proper PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) should have been issued.
When you rang back lm sure your boss should've informed you that he had to note the accident into the accident report book and depending the severity of the injury this should be report to the governing H&S authority.
Start as James noted by going through the safety manual, then if you are getting no joy speak to your H&S authorities and if your boss gives you any more gripes start talking about lawyers!
You would be entitled to compensation from what l read, l know this may not be a route that you should take, but the mere fact you had to ring your boss and not him/her ring you is awful.
Hope your arm heals soon