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    KFC Fined £1million after Two Workers Scalded by Gravy

    Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) has been hit with a £1million fine after two employees of a restaurant in Stockton, Teesside were scalded whilst handling gravy two years ago. The victims, Joshua Arnold, then 16, and a fellow employee, were reportedly injured when Mr Arnold was handling the hot liquid without using a protective gauntlet. Judge Sean Morris of Teesside Crown Court found KFC responsible, saying Mr Arnold’s training had been inadequate.

    The victims were not paid damages by KFC, however, as Mr Arnold had already settled with the company out of court, whilst his co-worker was also considering a settlement.

    Mr Arnold described experiencing ‘unbelievable’ pain when the liquid spilled over his arms. The court heard his burns were then wrapped in paper towels and the company sent him to the hospital in a taxi. Upon arrival, medics removed the paper towels along with pieces of Joshua’s skin. The Mirror reports that he was later sent a P45 form by the company detailing the cessation of his employment whilst recovering.

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    ‘Kitchens are dangerous places,’ Judge Morris said. ‘There are large vats of boiling fat, hot ovens, microwaves warming up, in this case gravy. Burns occurred as a result of inadequate, in my view, supervision and the inadequate provision of safety equipment such as gauntlets.’

    Mr Arnold’s case incurred a fine of £800,000 whilst that of his co-worker carried a smaller fine of £150,000. KFC was also ordered to pay £18,699 in costs.

    Mr Arnold’s father, David Arnold, told The Sun at the time of the accident: ‘It just seems like there were no safety procedures in place at all. He said he asked for gloves but a supervisor just said that he needed to hurry up as they were busy. To be honest I never wanted him to go back there.’

    Two years and a successful court case later, David Arnold said: ‘It’s well deserved. It’s no more than they deserved. I’m pleased with that…They’ve never said sorry to him and now they have in court.’

    Judge Morris claimed KFC generally performs adequately in terms of health and safety procedures and staff training. ‘They spend millions on it and I’m satisfied that they take it very seriously indeed.’

    Rob Swain, COO of KFC UK and Ireland, also claimed: ‘We have robust processes and procedures in place, but on these occasions, they were not followed and we have accepted the prosecution.’

    The case was brought against the fast food giant by Stockton Council. 

    James Stannard

    James has a Bachelor’s degree in History and wrote his dissertation on beef and protest. His heroes list ranges from Adele to Noam Chomsky: inspirations he’ll be invoking next year when he begins a Master’s degree in London.
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