McDonald’s responds to employee burn complaints

More than two dozen workers filed workplace safety claims with OSHA Monday, with some saying managers told them to treat burns with condiments.

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Add another negative story to the pile that McDonald’s has been facing recently. After stories depicting fast food giant facing declining sales and questions over its insistence on selling questionable food while its competitors focus on quality ingredients, its employees are now questioning safety standards.

Employees filed 28 complaints over burns, falls and other injuries were filed Monday with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In many of those cases, understaffing and managerial time pressures contributed to the injuries, according to the complaints.

One McDonald’s employee issued a statement that claims she was told to put mustard on her burn. She tells her story in this video from employee group Fight for $15:

Fight for $15, which is vying for a hike in the minimum wage (and has targeted fast food chains in the past), also issued the following statement:

McDonald’s sets minimal health and safety standards for all franchisees, but even these modest measures are not properly enforced. The company watches like a hawk nearly every aspect of its franchisees’ business operations via regular inspections, but it too often ignores health and safety problems.

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