A survey conducted by a worker safety group sent to BuzzFeed News on Monday reveals just how hazardous it can be to work in a fast food restaurant.
1. 79 percent of fast food workers were burned at least once at work in the last year.
2. 46 percent of burn victims blame their injury either on pressure from managers to work too fast or understaffed kitchens. For 20% of burn victims, both were factors.
3. One-third of burn victims say their manager suggested treating their wound with a condiment like mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, or butter.
4. Workers were also injured in other ways — cuts (67% in the last year), falls on slippery floors (23%) and an injury from lifting items (34%) were common.
5. More than one in three fast food workers say their restaurant doesn't have a proper first aid kit.
6. 19 percent of workers that do have access to first aid kits say at least one item is missing, like bandages.
7. 12 percent of employees said they were assaulted in the last year.
Julie Kliegman is a News Fellow and is based in New York.
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