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Accident: 201149507 - Employee Buirns Foot From Hot Oil

Accident: 201149507 -- Report ID: 0950631 -- Event Date: 12/23/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30930069703/05/20087996Cedar Fair Lp Dba Knott'S Berry Farm
On December 23, 2007, Employee #1 was working in the kitchen of a restaurant onsite at an amusement park. Employee #1 needed to heat up yam juice, which he put in a four gallon pot. This was not the usual way to heat up the yam juice. Normally a steamer or stove-top burner would be used to heat up the yam juice. However, since the two steamers in the kitchen were already in use, Employee #1 chooses to use the hot oil fryer to heat the yam juice. The hot oil fryer was set at approximately 350 degrees Fahrenheit. When Employee #1 put the pot inside the hot oil fryer, the oil splashed over the sides of the fryer and fell on his left foot. Employee #1 was wearing leather footwear on the day of the accident. Employee #1 told the employer that day (approximately 1.5 hours after the accident) about his injury. The employer asked Employee #1 if he was in pain and needed medical treatment 1.5 hours after the accident and again 8.5 hours after the accident. Employee #1 said "no", and did not go for medical treatment on the day of the accident. Four days later, on December 27, 2007, Employee #1 showed the employer his injuries (his left foot was swollen and purple). The employer told Employee #1 that he was going to go to the employer's first aid station, and he took Employee #1 to the first aid station. Employee #1 had third-degree burns on his left foot and was hospitalized for 12 days, during which time he received two skin graft surgeries.
Keywords: burn, heat, food preparation, hot cooking oil, fryer, foot
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 309300697 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Cooks, except short order

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