Every employee in the UK has a right to feel safe at work and employers should take the relevant steps to protect their workforce from accidents at work and work-related injuries, such as extremity burns. If you’ve been injured in a work accident and you were not to blame, call Accident Advice Helpline for expert advice about claiming compensation.
What is an extremity burn and what are the implications?
The extremities are another term for the hands and feet. If you burn your fingers or toes, this is known as an extremity burn. Burns and scalds are very painful and even the most innocuous accident can have severe implications. Many different types of job carry a risk of burns, which may include chemical and thermal burns. If you work in catering and food production, engineering, construction or scientific research, you may be at risk of burn injuries.
In mild cases, burns tend to heal independently after a period of time. Sometimes, the skin may scar. In more severe cases, burns can alter the physical appearance of the extremities radically and cause nerve damage, which may result in temporary or permanent loss of sensation. In the most extreme cases, when treatment is not possible and there is a high risk of infection, amputation may be the only solution.
Preventing burns at work
All UK employers have a duty to comply with health and safety guidelines to prevent work injuries. In order to protect against burns, the following measures may be employed:
- employee training
- provision of personal protective equipment
- frequent risk assessment
- ensuring all chemicals and hazardous substances are stored correctly
Any accidents in the workplace should be reported to the supervisor and recorded; it is important to learn from previous incidents to ensure that they don’t happen again.
Claiming for a work accident
If you wish to make a claim for work accident compensation for a work injury sustained in the last three years, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile or visit the website to take the 30-second eligibility test. Accident Advice Helpline was established in 2000; we have an expert team of personal injury lawyers with extensive experiencing in handling work injury claims. We work on a no win, no fee* basis and most of our clients do not have to go to court.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown