Workers at McDonald’s have filed 28 health and safety complaints in 28 cities against the largest fast-food chain over serious burns they suffered on the job. The lawsuits were filed with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
How Workplace Dangers At McDonald’s Cause Workers to Suffer Serious Burns
In their lawsuits, workers allege that they are pressured to work faster, resulting in both slip and fall accidents and serious burns. Dangers they face daily include:
- Pressure to clean and filter the fryers while the oil is still hot
- Lack of protective equipment
- Floors that are greasy and wet
- Missing or empty first-aid kits
In a recent survey by Hart Research Associates that was released by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, 79 percent of fast-food workers reported being burned in the last year and 36 percent of employees stated that first-aid kits were missing, empty, or not accessible. One-third of the workers said they were told by managers to treat their burns with condiments like mayonnaise or mustard—also a complaint in the McDonald’s lawsuits.
Fast-food workers at McDonald’s and other fast-food chains like Waffle House, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, and Burger King, receive low wages and fewer benefits than other industries. They suffer even more financial hardships than many workers when they are forced to pay for expensive medical bills and to lose wages while they heal from burns and other serious injuries.
In Texas, McDonald’s and these other fast-food chains have opted out of workers’ compensation. Fortunately, fast-food workers can hold these big chains accountable and may be entitled to compensation for their lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering.
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