Suffering a burn is one of the most horrific accidents at work that anyone can imagine. A burn can be extremely painful, may take a long time to heal, and can render you unable to work for an extended period of time. At Accident Advice Helpline, we are as committed to preventing work injuries as we are at seeking redress for those who have unfortunately suffered an injury during the course of their employment. That’s why we’ve published this handy guide to 3 places where you might be likely to suffer a burn at work:
- The kitchen. Most modern workplaces have a kitchen or catering facilities and if you are not directly involved with working in the kitchen then it’s likely that at some point during your occupation you will at least come into contact with a kitchen. The domestic kitchen is a minefield for burns and the industrial kitchen even more so. The sheer amount of equipment used to produce vast quantities of food combined with the piping hot contents makes the kitchen a deadly place to suffer a burn at work.
- The production floor. Most employees who work in a factory will know the dangers of the machinery involved in production and manufacturing of everything from materials to pharmaceuticals. Heat is often used as a catalyst in most manufacturing processes meaning that the machine can be extremely hot to the touch or vent hot exhaust fumes, meaning a severely increased risk of a burn.
- The laboratory. With the current dedication to scientific advancement, the laboratory is becoming an increasingly common environment in which to work, and anyone who has ever worked in a laboratory will understand the bombardment of warning and safety signs erected around a laboratory. Work in a laboratory is dangerous and should never be taken lightly as the laboratory is home to some of the most dangerous equipment in the workplace including Bunsen burners, spirit burners and flammable chemicals. Always ensure that you wear adequate safety equipment when working in the laboratory to reduce the chances of injury.
If you’ve been the victim of a burn at work within the last 3 years and it wasn’t your fault, then you may be entitled to claim compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information. Our lines are open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 and a friendly, professional adviser is waiting to take your call. Don’t delay, contact us today!
Date Published: January 6, 2014
Author: David Brown