Burns are a serious injury and can be caused by a range of different hazards, including hot water, hot machinery, chemicals, hot surfaces, electricity and friction. Burns can cause permanent damage to the skin and employers should take every action possible to lower the risk of employees suffering accidents at work, which may result in burns or scalds.
Work accidents: What causes burns?
There are many possible causes of burns and scolds. In the workplace, potential hazards include fire caused by cooking and preparing food or smoking, contact with electrical sockets, contact with hot surfaces, the use of hot machinery, exposure to steam, hot liquids, or chemicals. Burns are caused by dry heat, while scalds are caused by liquids.
Operating certain types of machinery can put you at risk of burns; employees who may encounter burns as a result of using hot machinery include welders, construction workers, mechanics, oil rig workers and factory workers.
Identifying work-related injuries caused by hot machinery: what are the symptoms of burns?
Burns usually cause visible symptoms, such as red, sore and blistered skin; they are also very painful and discomfort can last for a prolonged period of time. In severe cases, the skin may appear charred, and sometimes skin peeling can occur.
What can be done to prevent burns at work?
Employers have a responsibility to follow health and safety guidelines, which reduce the risk of accidents at work. In order to lower the risk of burns and scalds, employers should:
- provide their workforce with the relevant training to use machinery
- provide employees with protective clothing and equipment, such as gloves and masks
- place warning signs around hot surfaces or pieces of equipment
- follow safety protocol
- provide first aid training for members of staff
Can I claim for a work-related injury?
If you’ve been injured at work through no fault of your own, you may be eligible for work injury compensation. If you would like to find out more about work accident compensation, call the friendly experts at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or visit the website. The firm is a leading law firm with more than 12 years of experience of handling personal injury and public liability claims.
Work accident compensation could help to give you peace of mind if you have been worrying about bills as a result of taking time off work or giving up work due to ill health.