The types of corrosive material that have the potential for causing burns include acids and bases. There are various types of acid depending on their chemical constituents, and the stronger the acid, the more severe the injuries that can be caused. There are many locations across the country where there is the possibility of receiving severe burns at work, including factories, garages, manufacturing plants, or educational institutes. Acids are contained in a diverse range of materials, from car batteries to bleach, pool chlorinating products to dental cleaning solutions.
In industrial settings there are strict guidelines that govern the use of dangerous substances. This is because the effects of coming into contact with acids can have drastic results. Upon contact with skin, the burns received can be everything from minor irritants to severe incidents involving surgical remedy. Burns can be sustained internally by swallowing a substance that was not correctly labelled. Employers have a duty to ensure that workers who are dealing with hazardous items on a daily basis are aware of the dangers and wear protective gear.
What claims can arise following severe burns at work?
Because the onus on protecting staff lies with the employer, if you have suffered an industrial burn you may well have cause for following this up legally. Any material stored in a workplace must be clearly labelled as such. The possibility of spillages must also be catered for during risk assessments. Inexperience is certainly no excuse, because only trained staff should be handling any substances which could do damage in the hands of a novice. There are so many symptoms related to burns, depending on concentration and whether the chemical was in gas, liquid or solid format, but if the end result is an injury, there are legal consequences.
How should you go about claiming?
The first thing to stress is that claiming compensation is not an onerous process. The chances are the claimant won’t even have to appear in court at any stage, but because burns are such a serious issue, we would strongly recommend that you get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. If there is evidence of negligence and we take your case on, it will be on a strictly no win, no fee understanding. Getting in touch with us couldn’t be simpler. All you have to do is pick up the phone and dial 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: February 6, 2015
Author: David Brown