Last week KFC were fined $105,000 after an employee was injured at work.
Here is the link to the article in HC Online http://www.hcamag.com/hr-news/kfc-fined-105000-after-employee-fell-into-boiling-oil-236224.aspx
The key elements of this story include:
– young workers who are around the same age may need extra support
– training needs reinforcement
– accidents happen and serious injuries can be inflicted quite quickly
– employers are always responsible
The fine may seem high however this is not the first time that a KFC employee has fallen into hot oil. There is little doubt that this was a factor in the case.
In a HR wrap sense the three key points to make are:
1. Training must be supported by standard operating procedures and supervision
2. The definition of “employer” in an OHS sense includes the supervisor and management structure. Individuals can be fined as well as the company
3. Communication is critical