Popularised among kids and teenagers via YouTube and social media networks, salt and ice challenges are endurance tests. Participants place salt onto part of their body; press ice against it and endure the resulting pain as long as possible.
Warning kids of the potential dangers of this ‘game’, experts explained that because combining ice and salt can reduce the freezing point of water significantly, taking this challenge exposes them to the risk of suffering potentially serious personal injuries, including:
- Symptoms similar to frostbite
- First, second and even third degree burns
- Permanent skin discolouration
- Permanent muscle or bone damage
- Inability to move other body parts
Youngsters placing the salt and ice onto smaller extremities, like fingers, for example, also face the risk of amputation becoming necessary.
A shocking example
In June 2014, a young boy in Pittsburgh, USA, had others place salt and ice onto his back. Although enduring the pain for just minutes, he suffered severe, blistering burns requiring hospitalisation, drug treatment and four-times-daily application of lotion for several months to come.
Please do not do this!
Having treated several youngsters with varying degrees of burns caused by this challenge at Detroit’s Botsford Hospital, Dr Ryan Shear told the Huffington Post that this kind of skin damage may not be immediately apparent. According to his statement, it may take several days before anyone realises just how severe the damage really is. He joined other doctors and skin care experts in urging kids not to do this.
Working in freezing environments
While the consequences of this challenge are self-inflicted, employees may be exposed to freezing temperatures through no choice of their own. Sometimes work accidents, lack of protective gear or company efforts to save money on heating lead to workers sustaining workplace injuries like those listed above.
Employees’ right to compensation
Employers have the responsibility to keep the temperatures of working environments at acceptable levels or, where this is not possible, provide personal protective equipment to prevent work injuries. If you suffered frostbite or burn injuries at work, or sustained other injuries in accidents at work through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to industrial injury compensation. Specialising in work injury compensation, Accident Advice Helpline offers legal assistance by in-house lawyers under conditional fee agreements. Call their no-obligation free phone advice line today to start claiming the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice