Burned: Injuries on the Job

Restaurant kitchens are full of knives, ovens, and pots of boiling water. The federal government reports tens of thousands of workers are injured in the kitchen every year. A cop or a teacher might file a workers comp claim. But that's not always how it works for dishwashers and cooks. Injuries can go unreported for fear of losing pay or being fired. In part two of Burned: Abuse in LA's Restaurant Industry, reporter Karen Foshay speaks with workers injured on the job and takes a closer look at why systems like Cal/OSHA fail to protect low-wage workers.

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Audio production for this series by Myke Dodge Weiskopf.

The series is supported by a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

Photo: A restaurant worker displays a photo of an injury. (Karen Foshay)

Credits

Producers:
Karen Foshay, Miguel Contreras