The professional kitchen can be a pretty dangerous place. We work with fire, hell hot ovens, machinery that can cut your arm off or break it..it’s a jungle in there. And if precaution isn’t taken, it can get ugly. Everyone needs to move, and move FAST. The professional kitchen can sometimes get to be a madhouse when it’s crazy busy. Hustling and bustling your ass can put the pressure on, and with that much pressure, some can stray to lose focus, and when focus is lost, that can lead to being less careful. And being less careful can lead to something like this..
Last year, I remember Pablo texting me a picture of the tip of his thumb slightly cut off. And that incident was from the meat slicer too. But it was such a tiny little cut compared to this. He was telling me that our boss joked about serving his thumb tip as a special that night….chef humor…*sighs* At the time, he was slicing charcuterie and tried to pick out a piece that was stuck within the blade while the machine was running…never a good idea. Apparently, Pablo likes to live dangerously. And well, being the dare devil that he is, he certainly ended up paying the price.
Fortunately for me, I have never had any serious/severe injuries. I don’t even know what I’d do if I ever did. I’d probably die from shock. I wouldn’t be able to take it. All I’ve had so far were minor cuts and burns, nothing out of the norm. Most of those common mishaps were from rushing, feeling the pressure, taking less precaution, being sleepy, or whatever.
The meat slicer really is the machine I hate using the most. I’ve heard and seen too many horror stories caused by that thing. Once, I heard about some guy having his arm ripped out by one of them machines. YIKES!
Last year, another chef at work injured himself with one of those small handheld blenders. That little thing can really do some serious damage. I think he was trying to get something out of the blade or something when he got distracted when someone came up to him and talked to him..and he accidently pushed the ON button. That thing sliced his fingers and blood oozed out all over the floor, walls, and squirted onto the ceiling. OMG!