McDonald’s Employee Burned on the Job Allegedly Told to ‘Put Mayonnaise on It’; Workers in 19 Cities File Safety Hazard Complaints

McDonald’s Employee Burned on the Job Allegedly Told to ‘Put Mayonnaise on It’; Workers in 19 Cities File Safety...

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Employees claim that the company has consistently failed to provide appropriate safety training or protective gear. (Photo Modified: Flickr/Jeepers Media)

McDonald’s employees in 19 cities thus far have filed complaints over a number of workplace hazards, including dangerous grease burns and a lack of protective gear. Some locations even lack gloves for dealing with hot kitchen equipment that cannot be turned off during cleaning.

According to The Associated Press, one employee who was burned at work was instructed by his manager to “put mayonnaise on it, you’ll be good.”

Other complaints included a lack of safety training for dealing with hot fryers and slippery wet floors.

The U.S. Labor Department has confirmed that the complaints have been received by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), but cannot comment on ongoing investigations.

McDonald’s, meanwhile, has thus far treated the complaints with skepticism, with a spokesperson noting, “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.”

Somehow, treating its own employees as “activists” acting against the company doesn’t seem like the best way to address the issue, but it’s up to McDonald’s to figure that out for itself. 

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