McDonald's workers file complaints about workplace safety

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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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Imagine getting #burnedbyfastfood and told to "put mustard on the burn." That's a reality. http://t.co/KXua06jjHQ http://t.co/EHpXdbWWUd
Imagine getting #burnedbyfastfood and told to "put mustard on the burn." That's a reality. http://t.co/oqLB3J8yO9 http://t.co/AiDB2GRFku
@fightfor15 I still have scars from being burned while working in the fast food industry.
@fightfor15 @Zaxbys instructed me to put flour on it whenever I was burned by hot grease, routinely. 6 years of employment with those clowns
@KevinCarson1 @fightfor15 But slogans are good. No, wait. "Slogans are good." Are you feeling it now?
Be a part of a nationwide day of action. Join us on April 15th to #FightFor15 & union rights: http://t.co/w3FwsMqGLu http://t.co/R7StuWnF55
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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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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 22: Signs are posted on the exterior of a McDonald's restaurant on April 22, 2015 in San Francisco, California. McDonald's reported a decline in first quarter revenues with a profit of $811.5 million, or 84 cents a share compared to $1.2 billion, or $1.21 a share, one year ago. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Pedestrians walk past a McDonald's fast-food restaurant in Tokyo on January 9, 2015. A Japanese woman discovered fragments of 'dental material' in a McDonald's burger in 2014, the food chain said on January 9, the latest in a series of food contamination woes for the fast-food giant. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
NOVATO, CA - DECEMBER 08: In this photo illustration, a McDonald's cheeseburger and fries are displayed on a table at a McDonald's restaurant on December 8, 2014 in Novato, California. McDonald's reported a worse than expected decline in November global same-restaurant sales. (Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 04: McDonald's shows fans that tailgating is an anytime, anywhere experience at the NFL season opener kickoff party on September 4, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/Getty Images for McDonald's)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09: A McDonald's is seen on June 9, 2014 in New York City. McDonald's domestic sales rose slightly in May, but remain weak overall. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
STAMFORD, CT - APRIL 08: Activists protest for higher wages outside a McDonald's restaurant on April 8, 2014 in Stamford, Connecticut. Demonstrations were organized across the state by Connecticut Working Families to bring attention to minumum wages paid by fast food chains and Wal-Mart stores. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
A customer walks away with her takeout meal at a McDonald's restaurant in south Los Angeles where fast-food workers and their supporters gathered to protest wage theft on April 3, 2014 in California. Fast-food workers were joined by elected officials, community allies and faith leaders to protest systemic and illegal labor abuses in the fast food industry, coming just days after a first-ever national poll of fast-food workers found that 89 percent of employees surveyed at companies like McDonalds, Burger King and Wendys reported having wages stolen from them. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on January 22, 2014 in Paris, shows the logo of a US fast food restaurant Mac Donald's. Vice-president for finance of McDonald's France Alexis Bourdon reiterated in a statement to the press on January 22, 2014 that the American fast-food giant, suspected of trying to avoid paying taxes on 2.2 billion euros ($3 billion) of income from its 314 French eateries, 'pays all of its taxes' on the 'totality of its revenue', denying a report of French magazine L'Express. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
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