McDonald's workers file complaints about workplace safety

McDonald's Workers File Complaints About Workplace Safety
McDonald's Workers File Complaints About Workplace Safety


Put mustard on it.

That's the advice McDonald's workers claim they got after suffering burns while working at the popular chain.

McDonald's employees in 19 cities across America have filed 28 complaints to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) about workplace safety, claiming that staff shortages and pressure to work faster have resulted in severe burns, which their managers often told them to treat with condiments.

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A national campaign called 15 Now that fights for minimum wage workers collected data from a 2014 online survey of more than 1,400 fast food workers to create the infographic above and the video below:

It claims four in five employees have been burned on the job, three-fourths of whom suffered multiple burns and more than one-third say their store's first aid kits were either missing, incomplete, or inaccessible.

According to The Statistics Portal, there were more than 3.6 million workers in the fast food industry last year.

ThinkProgress reports these kinds of issues are nothing new. In 2012, there were 3.8 million workplace injuries and illnesses -- along with more than 4,600 deaths.

"While OSHA is charged with inspecting workplaces to ensure that they are safe, budget shortfalls means that the number of workplaces -- 8 million in its purview -- far outnumber the 1,955 inspectors it has. Each workplace will only get a visit from OSHA every 139 years, on average."

Bloomberg reports OSHA agents have inspected six of the restaurants named in the complaints.

A McDonald's spokesperson said the company will review the allegations, adding, "It is important to note that these complaints are part of a larger strategy orchestrated by activists targeting our brand and designed to generate media coverage."

Take a look at some of the many notes written on McDonald's signs:

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