In some lines of work you are at a higher risk than others of sustaining industrial burn injuries. These types of injuries can sometimes be very minor and dealt with quickly, but sadly, severe incidents do happen too. These can be caused by all kinds of situations including those caused by human error and negligence, equipment failure or the use of inadequate protective clothing. It is the responsibility of employers to ensure that they and their employees consistently follow health and safety rules relating to any fire hazard. This adherence to good practice does reduce the number of incidents but accidents can and do still happen, sometimes resulting in industrial burn injuries.
How bad can industrial burn injuries be?
Normally burns are classified by whether they are first, second or third degree in severity. Industrial burn injuries usually happen when workers are using live flames, potentially combustible materials or hot surfaces. But things like extremely cold substances, chemicals and electricity can cause burns and scalds too. Minor injuries in the workplace will need simple first aid only and sensible care at home, but serious industrial burn injuries can be extremely painful requiring extensive and complex surgery and treatment. Because of the damage to multiple layers of tissue they can also cause permanent scarring, nerve and lung damage.
Victims who receive serious burns will require multiple surgery and intensive and long-term medical care. Permanent scarring not only impacts a person physically; there is also psychological pain and trauma to overcome, particularly where victims have had to have a limb partly or fully amputated.
Have you received a burn injury at work?
If you have been the victim of an industrial burn injury due to someone else’s negligence you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. For more information and friendly, professional advice, contact personal injury specialists Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500. 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-hour enquiry helpline for free to find out more and we promise to help you every step of the way. And to find out how much you might potentially receive if you are successful you can use the 30-second claim calculator on our website.
Date Published: February 6, 2015
Author: David Brown