Most of us have gone through the experience of suffering a burn of some kind at one point or another. Most of the time this happens at home and the effects are mild. However if you happen to work in a kitchen, perhaps at a restaurant or a takeaway, you will know there is the risk of suffering a burn there as well. Indeed the risk could be more pronounced in these outlets since there is more cooking equipment that is of a professional standard too.
Burn injuries at work can prevent you from working in some circumstances. They can also be far more serious if they involve hot oil or cooking equipment that goes higher in temperature than the normal home oven would. There should be little risk of incurring burn injuries of any kind in this situation, mainly because your employer has a duty of care to ensure you can work safely in the premises at all times.
How common are burn injuries at work?
Thankfully we don’t read too much about them, purely because they are uncommon. However there are times when they can potentially occur and when they do they have the ability to cause severe pain and skin injuries.
First-degree burns are the lesser of those that can be suffered and are the most common. Second-degree burns are more serious and they can take much longer to heal. Isolated cases may occur where third-degree burns happen but fortunately these are immensely rare.
What should you do if you suffer burn injuries at work?
The most important thing is to get immediate medical help. If the injuries are severe this will mean calling an ambulance. However even minor burns should be treated in the proper manner. The incident should also be recorded in the accident book so there is a clear record of what happened. It will be a good idea to work out who is at fault for the accident too, as negligence can potentially give a chance of putting in a compensation claim.
If you believe this might apply in your case, make sure you have Accident Advice Helpline on your side. We are here on 0800 689 0500 so you may be able to put in a no win, no fee claim with our assistance if you call our free enquiry line today. Make that call now.
Date Published: July 27, 2015
Author: Rob Steen