Caught Red Handed
Monday, August 24, 2015
I had an accident today at work. I burned my four fingertips on my left hand pretty good. My middle finger is the worst, my little finger is the least burnt. I was getting coffee from thermal pot (a metal pot that has it's own little heater inside and keeps coffee fresh for an hour instead of a carafe that only keeps coffee fresh for 20 minutes). These pots sit on a coffee machine with burners that are not supposed to be turned on (it will damage the pot). The purpose of the burners is to keep track of how fresh the coffee is. (There is a chip on the pot that is set when the pot is filled and counts down until it is expired when placed on the burner). The burners can be turned on in case you want to put a normal carafe on it. Anyway, I was getting coffee from a thermal pot, I picked it up off the burner (which I assumed was off) and went to support it from the bottom (thermal pots are also heavy). The burner was on. I touched the bottom of the pot that had been sitting on the burner for nearly an hour. It is no different than touching the bottom of a pot that has been sitting on the stove. I managed not to eff or yell out loud. I looked at my hand and saw that parts of my fingertips had turned white and were extremely painful. The manager gave me some stuff for burns that is supposed to take some pain away, some cream, but it didn't help. For a couple of hours it was so painful I felt like crying sometimes. Then it stopped hurting so much and I now don't have any feeling in the burnt spots. I assume it is because the first few layers of skin are dead and I can't feel through it. It is going to be interesting to see what happens there. I would sure like to know who turned the burner on so I could give them a good swift kick in the bum. I don't understand how people break basic rules like that and don't put the thermal pots in the dishwasher (there's a sign right by the dishwasher saying not to put them in, but several have made their way in and now don't work). Also, don't put empty pots on hot burners. They will shatter. People still do this. I'm pretty absent minded, but I am very cautious not to do this. I don't want to break things and I don't want people to get hurt. I don't know, this just seems to fall under the category of duh.