Investigators from Victoria’s work safety watchdog have inspected a KFC outlet and questioned managers over an incident that left a teenager suffering severe burns to his face and body.
Tyson Greig, 16, was working at the KFC in North Geelong on Friday night when he sustained third-degree burns in a workplace accident and was raced to hospital.
A spokeswoman for the Alfred Hospital on Monday said the boy’s condition was critical but stable.
WorkSafe inspectors attended the KFC store on Monday amid their ongoing investigation into the circumstances that led up to the horrific incident.
It is understood the young worker was cleaning a pressure-cooker before scalding hot water somehow splashed onto him.
KFC said the cause of the accident was not yet clear but it was working with WorkSafe to piece together what happened.
“Our Geelong franchisee met with WorkSafe representatives today to assess what may have caused the incident. Further meetings are being held over the next few days,” a spokeswoman said.
“While it is not yet clear exactly what happened, we are doing all we can to find out so we can take steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Our thoughts are with Tyson and his family as well as with staff at our Geelong store who are naturally upset. We are providing assistance to them.”
Michael Janson, an employee at a petrol station nearby the KFC, said Tyson came in about twice a week to buy a drink during his shifts.
“I was just shocked when I realised it was him … it’s awful,” he said.
“He is a really nice and really cool kid.”
Mr Janson, of Corio, launched an appeal to raise money for the boy’s family, which has drawn almost $1600 in donations in less than a day.
“Getting burned at work, it’s a terrible thing to happen,” Mr Janson said. “I really hope he heals well soon and that the public can get behind the family.”
His mother, Kylie Greig, said it was still not clear what happened leading up to her son’s injuries.
“I just want answers. What exactly happened to my son? Why is he so burned?” she told the Seven Network.
“No one ever deserves to be like this. I would never wish for anybody’s child or teenager to experience this.”
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