Protect Fast Food Employees From Injuries

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Target: Donald Thompson, CEO of McDonald’s

Goal: Provide better safety training, protective gear, and first aid kits to McDonald’s employees.

McDonald’s employees across the country are reporting severe burns and a lack of occupational safety. With little to no safety training and limited protective gear provided, workers are at risk for dangerous accidents, and there is little the company is doing about it. This major fast food company needs to pay attention to its employees and provide the safest work environment possible.

An article on gives numerous accounts of employees getting burned on the job by hot grease and grills. With understaffed kitchens and immense pressure to work fast, severe oil burns are common among workers. A few employees have reported their managers telling them to treat burns with condiments like mustard or mayonnaise. Another worker says the first aid kit in their kitchen is empty, while others report never having received any safety training at all.

Employees often use whatever protective gear they can think of when working the grills and grease traps, often resorting to thin plastic gloves and ice buckets. When filtering grease or working a grill with no training or gear, injuries are inevitable.

Along with the Fight for $15 campaign, McDonald’s employees in 19 cities have filed 28 health and safety complaints with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) against franchise owners and corporate headquarters. Many workers express sentiments of wanting a union in order to have a voice. A spokesperson for McDonald’s stated the company’s commitment to worker safety and then added, “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.”

It is clear that McDonald’s cares more about saving face than protecting its employees from harm. Occupational safety is a basic tenet to any workplace, especially in a fast food restaurant where employees work with hot grease and equipment. There absolutely needs to be better safety training in place, as well as access to protective gear and a full range of first aid equipment. Demand that McDonald’s commit to the occupational safety and health of its employees.


Dear Mr. Thompson,

The occupational safety and wellbeing of your employees should be a top priority. Many employees have reported severe burns and injuries from working in kitchens with no protective gear or first aid kits. Some also report not receiving any safety training for working with hot oil and grills. This is unacceptable and needs to be addressed immediately.

Burns and injuries are common at fast food restaurants, where there is pressure to work quickly in understaffed kitchens. McDonald’s could be a leader in the fast food industry by developing high standards for occupational safety. Training, protective gear, and first aid kits are the most basic rights for the safety of employees, and there should be no question that these things are provided.

Your employees should matter the most. Each worker deserves the best standards of occupational safety so they can continue doing their jobs and earning a living. Please improve your efforts for occupational safety protocol and provide basic safety and first aid equipment.


[Your Name Here]

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