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Swedish chef in 'freak' saucepan accident

TT/Rebecca Martin · 11 Nov 2011, 11:03

Published: 11 Nov 2011 11:03 GMT+01:00

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The chef from Timrå, in northern Sweden severed one of his upper arm muscles when he got caught on a saucepan during an internship placement provided through the National Employment Agency (Arbetsförmedlingen), according to local paper Dagbladet.

When attempting to put a large saucepan in the fridge during the lunch time rush, the intern chef slipped and let go of the pan with his right hand.

But at the same time, his left hand got stuck in the handle, and as he fell crashing to the floor, the weight of the pan caused a muscle in his upper arm to tear so badly it was severed.

Despite an operation, a lengthy rest period and regular physical therapy, the doctors came to the conclusion that the chef will suffer from a physical disability for the rest of his life.

The would-be chef therefore filed a claim against the state for disability and permanent injury, as it was a state agency that had provided him with the placement in the first place.

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Sweden's Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency (Kammarkollegiet) has approved the unlucky chef's claim, and he will be paid 19,000 kronor ($2,800) in recompense for the trouble his injury will cause him in his future career.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

12:28 November 11, 2011 by SwedePea

Read the article again. He isn't suing anyone and they never mention anything of the sort. He's now just getting disability from the state because he is disabled due to the accident. He never blamed anyone. You just jumped to conclusions without comprehension. Now who is the "retard"?
13:02 November 11, 2011 by rami_20
Dear thelocal.se,

You dont need to have Sweden or Swedes in the first sentence of every single article you publish. I've read quite a few articles today and they all have either of those two words in the first sentence. It seems so redundant. We're in Sweden, I expect Swedes to be here! Is this part of our social engineering I wonder ?
15:31 November 11, 2011 by earthworm
Tamoko, sorry, but as I understand and read this article.., its you who is the "retard".

Like me ( IMO), this gentlemen seems to be a klutz...

But, we do not know of the conditions nor of the design of the pot, nor of the handle, nor of the refrigerator..

In fact, its lousy news reporting....we know nothing !..

A muscle tear results in extreme pain, I cannot imagine the pain level...pulled muscles are bad enough.
16:18 November 11, 2011 by jvtx3232
Bork! Bork! Bork!

18:36 November 11, 2011 by salalah
This means he will only get paid once, it doesnt say anything about monthly payments
19:33 November 11, 2011 by Tuomi1980
OH damn,hope he gets better, that sucks. I took 3 1/2 years in trade school to do culinary arts growing up and have a lot of work exp working in a kitchen and I already cut my fingers numerous times, saw someone cut their finger off, slipped in pie and hit my head...its dangerous and its no ones fault. Theres no such thing as being careless in the kitchen and its hard to be cautious when theres a rush to get everything done when theres a time period. The only thing people can do in the kitchen is do their best and try to be aware of their surroundings and try to do two things at once, it gets pretty stressful. Timrå isn't retarded about it,its hard work...that was really mean of you by the way...
21:27 November 11, 2011 by Rap43
I also spent many years working in kitchens - slips and falls are so common people don't even mention them unless they get hurt. Toss a little salt on the grease spill and carry on getting out the orders... clean later.

Unless you have worked in a big/busy commercial kitchen it is hard to understand.
10:48 November 12, 2011 by skogsbo
most folk have no idea how busy a restuarant kitchen that seats 50 or 60 folk might be. Technically the person who spilled stuff by the fridge is at fault as they didn't fix the problem, they'll know who they were.
14:18 November 15, 2011 by philster61
"bursshn de birdnde burden . Booondey pannen . freeken pannen.... gooden schpagettii....."
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