Burns aren’t pleasant, yet most of us will have experienced a burn of some kind. Often they are minor in nature, but sometimes they can be more serious and have the power to burn through more than one layer of skin.
Preventing burns at work is very important, as a burn could be caused in a variety of ways depending on the nature of the work completed. For example, working with chemicals must be done in a safe manner, as chemical burns can occur if certain chemicals come into contact with the skin. Every employer has a duty of care to determine whether employees are at risk of burns of any kind. If this is so, they must take measures to ensure the risks are minimised.
Providing expert training
If burns are a key hazard in a particular workplace, proper training should be provided to ensure the risks are reduced as much as possible. For example, if people handle chemicals without knowing of their potential danger, they are far more likely to be hurt by them. Conversely, if they know a particular chemical could burn their skin, they will take appropriate measures to ensure this doesn’t happen.
It doesn’t stop at training, however. Every employer should issue appropriate protective equipment to all those who might be in potential danger in this way. Preventing burns at work can literally be as simple as providing oven gloves to kitchen staff, or thicker heatproof gloves to those handling items at an even higher temperature.
Prevention is far better than cure
We have all heard the saying. However, it is only when you suffer a burn to some degree that you realise its importance. A superficial burn may heal in time and not even leave a scar. However, deeper burns can require skin grafts and can cause extensive damage. Some can even be life threatening. This is why every employer must ensure their employees are safe from situations where such burns could potentially happen.
It may be that you have suffered burns at work within the last three years. If it can be proven someone else was responsible for those burns, you can have a chance of claiming compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline free today on 0800 689 0500; there is no cost and it could lead you to one of our lawyers helping you make a proper claim.
Date Published: February 1, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead