Burns are painful and can range from first- to third-degree in severity. Most burns tend to be first-degree burns and are not serious. Scalding from contact with hot or boiling liquids tend to be most common, too, although burns can also be triggered by chemical and electrical sources.
Some workers may potentially have a greater chance than others to experience burns. It all depends on the type of work that is done and whether there are appropriate preventative measures in place. Every employer must make sure every employee is safe and can do their job with the minimum of risk. This means performing risk assessments to ensure each task is done in the safest manner and with protective equipment and training if required.
Have you ever suffered burns at work?
These can happen in a variety of ways and in a variety of jobs, too. For instance, it may be obvious to think of a firefighter who is burned on the job. However, while this would be a potential hazard of the job for a firefighter, an office worker could just as easily receive a burn or scald while using a faulty kettle in the office kitchen.
Similarly, someone operating a piece of machinery in a factory could potentially suffer from a nasty friction burn, or perhaps be burned while using an industrial oven. In each case, however, proper checks, risk assessments and preventative measures should reduce the odds of burns occurring to any worker, regardless of their position.
What should you do?
If you have suffered burns at work within the last three years, they may have required treatment. You may have had to miss work for a few days or longer, depending on the severity of the incident. You may even have been left with scars or a lack of use in that part of your body – again, depending on the severity of the burn and what occurred.
Accident Advice Helpline has a team of trained advisors who could provide you with the no-obligation advice you will be seeking at this time. If you call us on 0800 689 0500, you can be sure of speaking with someone who can help. We could pair you up with an experienced lawyer, too, if we believe you have a strong case. Find out if a no win, no fee claim could work for you today.
Date Published: February 16, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead