When most people associate burns at work with firefighters or other first responders, there are a number of workplaces where burn injuries can occur. These include hospitals, restaurants and factories to name a few. Workplace burns are not as common as other types of work-related injuries but they do occur.
Types of Burn Accidents
Worker’s who handle chemicals, cook food or work with electrical equipment may suffer work-related burn injuries. The four most common types of workplace burns include chemical, burns from scalding, burns related to electrical equipment and explosions that occur in the workplace.
Severity of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries can be very mild and barely leave a sign. In most cases very mild burns occur with very little pain and the skin may be reddened. This are typically called first degree burns. Second degree burns typically blister and may cause the victim to lose some surface skin in the area surrounding the burn. Third degree burn victims typically have a great deal of pain and may lose one or more layers of skin. The most serious burn, fourth degree burns, cause deep burns that can damage muscle and in really severe cases, may damage bones as well.
Causes of Burn Injuries
There are number of causes of workplace burn injuries varying from simple scalding due to an improper setting on a hot water heater to more severe burns. Understanding some of the basic burns and what the reason may be for those burns can help you determine whether you need to contact an attorney who specializes in burn injuries for assistance.
- Chemical – Chemical burn accidents are often a result of poor ventilation or improper training on the use of chemicals. In some cases, improper safety procedures can also cause a chemical fire. Burns may range from first degree to fourth degree depending on the type of incident.
- Electrical – Electrical burns can be minor burns but may also be very severe. In a worst-case scenario, you may suffer internal injuries from electric shocks that leave burns on the skin that seem minor but cause serious internal injuries. In a worst-case scenario, electrical burns from electrocution can be deadly.
- Scalding – Whether from a faulty hot water system or a machine valve malfunctioning, scalding can be very serious and cause life-long scarring. Much of this depends on the temperature of the water involved. Scalding burns may disfigure you for life.
- Explosions – Whether because of fire or combustible chemicals, explosions can be disfiguring in a number of ways including devastating burns and death. These types of workplace accidents are often a result of inappropriate handling of chemicals or solvents in the workplace.
If you have suffered any burns as the result of a workplace incident, you should contact an injury attorney who specializes in helping burn victims. In addition to losing time from work while you recover, you may suffer long-lasting signs of being injured by burns such as scarring or disfigurement. We can make sure you get the compensation you are entitled to if you are suffering from a burn injury caused by defective machinery or negligent handling of solvents or chemicals in the workplace. Contact us by calling (877) 776-1219 or fill out our contact form for a free consultation.