2014/15 data collected on behalf of iBID (collaboration between NHS England and both English and Welsh burn services) from 22 hospitals providing burn care reveals that what constitutes the most common burn injuries depends partly on age ranges. The data does not include burn injuries treated by emergency departments or hospitals not providing specialised burn services.
Common burn injuries in children
According to this data, the most common injuries for children under the age of 16 are actually scalding injuries resulting from contact with hot liquids or, though this is less common, hot steam. This is followed by burn injuries caused by accidental contact with:
- Central heating radiators
- Hair straighteners
- Electric cookers
In most cases (77 per cent), children’s burn injuries are the result of accidents in the home.
Common burn injuries in the elderly
While burn injury patterns for the over 65s are similar to those of children, the number of injuries caused by contact with radiators is higher for the elderly than children. In addition, burn injuries in this age group include scalding by immersion in bath water that is too hot. 81 per cent of injuries by burns and scalds suffered by the elderly occur at home.
Common burn injuries in adults between 16 and 65
While significant numbers of burn injuries in this age group were caused by barbecues, garden fires or bonfires and hot fat, the most commonly suffered burn injuries here are the result of accidents at work.
Common burns at work
The most commonly experienced burn injuries in the workplace include:
- Scalding by hot steam or liquids
- Flame burns (fires, explosions)
- Injuries by contact with hot surfaces
- Chemical burns resulting from contact with petroleum, alkaline or acidic substances
- Flash burns caused by explosions or high voltage electricity ‘arcing’
- Electrical burns (electrocution)
Other work accidents or exposure to radiation can also be responsible for burn injuries.
You and your employer
Health and safety rules, laws and regulations make it clear that your employer must assess potential risks of workplace accidents and take all steps necessary to prevent such accidents. If you suffer a burn or other work-related injuries because your employer failed to do so, you could have a viable claim for work injury compensation.
Our helpline advisors can help you determine whether it is viable or not for you to make an industrial injury claim and offer you the help of an experienced work injury claim specialist forming part of the nationwide Accident Advice Helpline legal team. Calls are confidential and free via our 24/7 freephone numbers: 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile so call us now.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown