Chemicals are used in many industries, and without their use a lot of manufacturing processes would be considerably curtailed. But the problem with these substances is that they often have extremely volatile properties, and are capable of causing considerable injury in the event of leaks or spillage.
Caustic substances burns can happen when the hazardous material is stored as a liquid, in containers or tanks, or as a compressed gas in cylinders. A lot of these chemicals are also flammable, so when leaks do occur there is the added risk of fires or explosions.
Corrosive chemicals have the ability to burn skin, or cause extensive damage when the fumes are inhaled or ingested. For that reason their use is governed by stringent health and safety legislation. But all the care in the world can never pre-empt basic human error.
All it takes is for one individual to be suffering fatigue, or stress, or from the effects of some debilitating condition that is temporarily affecting their performance, and a mistake can happen. A cylinder might be incorrectly handled and a valve opened in error, and catastrophe can happen in an instant.
Why post-traumatic stress can be an issue
Caustic substances burns can be extremely debilitating, often requiring months of stressful medical procedures, including operations. During all this time there can be a considerable impact on family life, as the individual frets about returning to their gainful employment. Stress issues can affect people in different ways.
In some instances it will be a temporary reaction to their circumstances. In other cases the defects are far more long-term and can lead to episodes of depression and alcohol abuse. The important thing is for any employee to recognise their degree of responsibility for helping a worker recuperate.
Contact legal experts you can trust
If you have received burns in the course of your working day, you may well have wondered whether or not anyone could pay for all the stress you have been put through. By contacting Accident Advice Helpline, you will receive the best help available in considering whether or not your own circumstances would merit a successful no win, no fee claim.
If you dial 0800 689 0500, we can guarantee that your situation will be assessed by a team of professional compensation claim solicitors. You can also visit our website and try out our 30-second claim calculator.
Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen