According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in the US, work related fires and explosions account for 5,000 burn injuries a year. If you are one of those victims and are being denied compensation, hiring workplace accident lawyers should be a priority, especially if the injuries were preventable.
Some of the burn injuries you can suffer from in an unsafe workplace include the following:
1. Chemical Burns
If your skin or eyes come in contact with strong acid, alkaloid or any other corrosive substance, it will eat away at the tissue. You are at high risk of this burn if you work in a lab, handle industrial cleaners or work in a manufacturing plant.
As such your employer is responsible for maintaining a written Hazard Communication plan that can prevent this. Some of the features in the plan include:
- Wearing personal protective equipment.
- Reading safety data on the sheet information for chemicals carefully.
- Ensuring that access to first aid stations is unobstructed and clear.
2. Thermal Burns
If your skin comes in contact with scorching hot liquids such as water or oil or if you burn yourself on an open flame or hot surface, the skin can erupt in painful blisters. Depending on the severity of the burn, you may be out for the count indefinitely.
Thermal burns can be mitigated and prevented if employers enforce fire and burn prevention tactics such as the following:
- Ensuring employees have personal protective equipment on the job site.
- Prohibiting smoking on the premises.
- Keeping job sites free of trash and debris.
- Using flame retardant material where needed.
Exposed wires and faulty appliances can cause serious electrical burns if you are not protected. These manifest when a strong electrical current passes through the body damaging internal tissue in its wake. Employers can prevent this from happening by ensuring the following:
- Ensuring employees have appropriate protective equipment.
- Ensuring employees follow proper Lock Out/ Tag Out procedures.
- Ensuring there is no water around electrical areas or equipment.
All of the aforementioned burns can be avoided with adequate training. Ongoing training programs can ensure employees remain aware of apparent and hidden dangers that can cause serious injuries. Plus, employers should also update safety procedures and guidelines regularly.
If you have been injured in the workplace and are being denied compensation, get in touch with our work accident lawyers for a consultation today! We can help you understand the claims process to get adequate compensation for your pain and suffering.