In the average McDonald’s restaurant, including those in Pennsylvania, reportedly brought in a total revenue of $2.5 million each in 2013. In spite of that relatively high revenue, the fast food chain is currently going through a major legal battle. It has recently been accused of racial discrimination in a highly publicized lawsuit as well as European tax avoidance allegations.
According to the release of a Fast Food Workplace Safety survey on March 16, burns are the most common injury that occurs in fast food restaurants. In 2014, 79 percent of fast food workers reported suffering burns in the workplace. The majority of them had more than one burn incident.
There have been 28 on-the-job burn complaints recently filed with OSHA by McDonald’s workers. This could supposedly be the result of hot oil that is used for the fries, said to reach over 335 degrees. Hamburger grills are also reportedly covered in hot grease.
Allegations by McDonald’s employees include claims of insufficient training and lack of proper equipment for handling hot oil. Over 50 percent of all of the burns suffered over the past year involved cleaning the deep fryers. In addition, many employees complained that their managers pushed them to work faster, and they were ordered to clean the grills while they were still turned on in order to save time.
When any worker, regardless of their title, is injured on the job , they could be eligible to collect workers’ compensation. A workers’ compensation attorney could help the injured worker by gathering any relevant evidence and filing a claim for their client.