Hot objects are part and parcel of daily life whether at home, in the office, shop or factory floor or on a building site. But some jobs carry a higher risk than others of sustaining a burn injury at work. It is up to employers in these professions to reduce the risk of this happening as much as possible to keep workers safe. However, accidents can and do still happen and sometimes this is the result of failure to consistently or properly apply health and safety legislation warnings and protection.
Normally burns are classified by whether they are first, second or third degree in severity. They can be caused by a wide range of situations including scalding water, a naked flame, sunlight, steam or electricity, chemicals, freezing substances and friction. A minor burn or scald will heal in time leaving no long term scarring.
How bad can a burn be?
A burn or scald injury can be one of the most shocking and painful – and common – accidents in the workplace. Sadly, it can also be one of the most permanent reminders of an incident if it results in the victim being scarred, having restricted movement and even requiring amputation.
A minor burn injury at work injuries can be treated without the need to go to hospital, using simple everyday first aid. However, serious burns can have a devastating effect on muscle tissue, nerves, bones and blood vessels as well as damaging lungs, causing infection and resulting in long-standing secondary medical issues. These types of injuries take a great deal of medical intervention and ongoing care is often required for the psychological as well as physical pain.
Have you received a burn injury at work?
Burn injuries can by their very nature be complex. If you’ve had a burn injury at work in the last three years, you need to contact accident compensation specialists Accident Advice Helpline now. We are committed to helping you and work on a no win, no fee* basis, helping you through every step of the process. Just call our 24/7 enquiry helpline for free to find out more and try out the 30-second claim calculator on our website to find out how much you might typically receive if you are successful. You have nothing to lose and might stand to gain, so give us a call now on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: February 6, 2015
Author: David Brown