Injuries are not that common in the workplace, but when they do happen, it is best to know what you are up against. Scalds and burns, whilst rare, can occur if you are in the workplace and are handling liquids that are hot or are exposed to work surfaces that are hot (such as in kitchens). You may also incur scalds and burns if you are exposed to chemicals which are corrosive or if you are handling electrical wiring or equipment which is defective or unsafe.
What you need to know about scalds and burns
The severity of a scald or burn can range from mild to extremely painful and severe, and even a minor scald or burn can cause pain for some time. More severe burns can even result in damage to nerves, tendons, muscles, or ligaments, as well as permanent scars. If a burn is serious, it can also reduce your mobility and cause psychological and emotional stress and torment.
W e often associate scalds and burns with extreme heat – but sometimes, they can also be the result of too much cold, chemicals, electricity, friction, or sunlight. If you have suffered from a burn or scald injury at work, then you can be fully entitled to make a claim for compensation.
The classification of scalds and burns
Scalds and burns are classified according to their degree of severity: first, second, third, etc. which are the most common. There are also fourth, fifth and sixth-degree burns, but these are often already fatal.
For a first-degree burn, the skin may have a reddish appearance and may also be painful, but to a minor degree. A first-degree burn should not take too long to heal, but this also depends on the size or body part affected. First-degree burns generally cause no blistering as only the skin’s top layer is damaged. Second-degree burns, on the other hand, can cause more pain than first-degree burns, and the skin will appear to be a brighter and shinier shade of red. There may also be some blistering, which can result in infections once the blister has burst. If a second-degree burn affects more than ten percent of the victim’s body, they are at risk of going into shock. Third-degree burns are the most severe, and the skin will often be burned off. Nerves and muscles may also be damaged, and death from a third-degree burn can occur if the area of the burn is large. A third-degree burn will definitely take some time before it heals completely and scarring is also inevitable to the extent that a skin graft may be needed.
A burn accident in the workplace: your employer’s responsibilities
If you have incurred a scald or burn in the workplace, it is your employer’s first duty to keep you and your co-workers safe. In fact, the employer is responsible for reducing the risk of scalds and burns whenever necessary, but if there is a risk, the employer is also responsible for providing you with the right clothing. You should also be given the proper training on health and safety as well as training on the right procedures in order to avoid unsafe or dangerous working practices.
The employer is also under obligation to keep all tools, equipment, and machinery in good order and keep them well-maintained. The floor area and hallways should also be kept clear of debris and hazards.
In order to make an effective claim for burn injury compensation it is in your best interest to seek the advice and services of a solicitor, preferably one who is experienced with burn cases, such as Shires Law – learn more about their services at http://shireslaw.com.