Some workplaces seem very innocent and are unlikely to result in injuries. Take the average office, for example. Of course, accidents can happen anywhere, even though they are very rare in working environments. This is largely due to preventative measures, however, including hot work hazards and control measures in workplaces where heat is a significant risk.
So, which jobs might result in risks associated with heat? Welding is perhaps one of the most familiar to us. Anything involving welding means there would be sparks flying, and the use of significant heat to weld metal onto metal. However, this is far from being the only situation whereby good control measures are required. Many industries have hot work surfaces, hot machinery, and other sources of heat that can be potentially dangerous if not approached safely.
Focusing on hot work hazards and control measures
Risk assessments are a vital component of any workplace. If you are going to be working with hot materials, i.e. molten metal, for example, protective clothing is a prerequisite to keeping people safe. Another element to consider is the use of protective masks and such like, to keep any flying sparks or drops of molten metal away from the person who is working with it.
Adopting the right measures for working in such situations is imperative. If a risk assessment is conducted prior to this work taking place, it is easy to make sure the risks that do exist are managed and handled so they do not put anyone at risk. Following the right procedures to keep workers safe is often all that is required to minimise and even eradicate injuries altogether.
Have you already been injured by heat at work?
If you have been hurt in this manner in the past three years, and you suspect there was a lack of hot work hazards and control measures, you have a right to find out information concerning the potential for a no-win, no-fee claim to be made.
Accident Advice Helpline has made life as easy as possible for you in this respect. All you must do is to call us today on 0800 689 0500 for further advice, without obligation. You could also ring us via your mobile on 0333 500 0993, so you have two routes to choose from to find out whether one of our personal injury lawyers could help.