Thermal burns can be both extremely painful and gravely serious. As injuries at work go, or anywhere else for that matter, they are, without doubt, one to avoid.
The problem is that the causes of thermal burns are so numerous and varied that an awful lot of people are at risk from suffering them during their working life.
What type of accidents at work causes thermal burns?
Thermal burns are typically caused by one of three things:
- Flames and fire
- Scalding from molten hot liquid or steam
- Contact with an extremely hot object
As you can see, this opens up the potential victims of thermal burns at work to a wide market. Suffers could include:
– Fire fightersOpen Claim Calculator
– Chefs and other restaurant workers
– Anyone who works with mixing chemicals and solutions
Of course, people at home or generally out and about also need to be aware of the threat of thermal burns.
What are the signs and symptoms of a thermal burn?
The skin is made up of three layers. From the outside in, they are:
- The epidermis
- The dermis
- The subcutaneous tissue
Thermal burns damage and injure different layers of the skin depending on the severity of the injury.
Superficial or first degree burns only harm the epidermis. The symptoms include the area turning red and painful and the most common example is bad sunburn.
Partial thickness or second degree burns cover both the epidermis and areas of the dermis. It may actually be less painful if it has gone deep enough to destroy nerve endings and all hair on the affected area will have been destroyed.
Full thickness or third degree burns are the most severe as they encompass the entirety of the first two levels of the skin and may even involve bones and muscles. The burns may be charred or pearly white in colour and appear leathery.
Medical attention should be sought if the burn is on certain areas of the body, such as eyes, ears and major joints whilst the following should all be checked by a medical professional:
– All full thickness burns
– Partial thickness burns that are more than twice the size of your palm
– Any burn that causes uncontrollable pain
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