What do you think of when you think of someone being burned? The first image that comes to mind is probably one of flames and fire. You may think of boiling water being spilt on someone as well, particularly if you have experienced this yourself at some point. However steam is just as likely to cause injuries if you are exposed to it, since it is very hot water vapour. Steam burn injuries can be just as painful as other types of burn, and can take time to recover from, especially if they are serious.
While few workplaces become the scenes of injuries like these, it is important to recognise the potential is there for accidents to happen. This is why health and safety laws should always be followed in the workplace. If this does not happen there is a chance someone could potentially be injured as a result.
How might steam burn injuries occur?
Any piece of equipment, such as a boiler for example, which is capable of producing steam is capable of causing potential injury if the right circumstances are present. There should be safety measures in place to prevent such injuries from being able to occur if the circumstances could present themselves.
In some instances where workers have been injured, Accident Advice Helpline has stepped in to provide advice. Being able to understand the situation and how it occurred can determine whether the worker is entitled to any compensation for their injuries.
Recovering from steam burns
Burns of this nature should always be treated, particularly if they are severe. Cooling the burn by splashing it with cool water is the first line of treatment. Cold water should not be used. If this burn has occurred at work it should be reported so it can be recorded in the accident book. Medical treatment should also be sought so there is a record of the severity of the injury.
This process will help someone recover from steam burns. However, if this has happened to you at work you may also wish to contact the team at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. This will help make sure you can receive no-obligation advice on whether you could launch a compensation claim. Our no win, no fee* process means you get the best service at all times. Don’t be left wondering – find your answers today.
Date Published: June 18, 2015
Author: David Brown