Unfortunately, burns are a fairly common work-related injury and they can be extremely serious, not just in terms of physical pain, but also in relation to permanent scarring and future employment prospects. If you have you been injured in an accident at work and you would like to claim compensation, why not give Accident Advice Helpline a call?
Work accidents: What causes burns?
Most commonly, burns occur when the skin is damaged by heat; however, it is also possible for the skin to be burned by extreme cold. When you have burned your skin, medical experts recommend putting the affect limb under cold running water, but they do not advise placing ice on the skin because there is a risk of further, extreme cold, damage.
Many employees face a high risk of burn injuries as a result of the nature of their job or their working environment, but most people would associate these risks with sources of intense heat; it is true that most burn injuries are caused by hot surfaces, fire and hot liquids, food or machinery, but there is also a risk of injury for those who are exposed to extreme cold. This may include people who work with freezers, blast chillers, and ice sculptures, for example, or those who work in very cold environments.
Treatment for burn injuries
Burns should be treated as quickly as possible. If the injury is mild and it is possible to do so, place the affect area of skin under running cool water. If the skin is burned, but there is clothing in the way, seek medical assistance; do not try to remove the clothing, as this could tear the skin away. Avoid placing ice on the burned skin, as this will only make the situation worse, and take over the counter painkillers to ease swelling and pain. If you have very severe burns, you will need hospital treatment.
Burn injury compensation
If you have suffered burn injuries as a result of an accident at work, and it was not your fault, you may be eligible for compensation. Burns are very painful, but they also contribute to scarring and can cause irreparable damage to the skin, which may affect your confidence. If you have taken time off work or been forced to quit your job, work injury compensation can help to cover the loss of earnings and ease worries about keeping up with household bills.
If you think you may have a case for work accident compensation, contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 today.
Date Published: January 22, 2014
Author: David Brown