Your Guide to Burn Workplace Injuries and How to Seek Compensation
It may come as a surprise to many, but burns in the workplace are a common occurrence. Most workplace environments are not typically conducive to such kinds of accidents, but there are some workplace environments which can present more risks for burn injuries, such as laboratories, factories, restaurants, and other medical or industrial environments. Burns in the workplace can vary in degree, and the least severe is a first-degree burn whilst the most severe is a fourth-degree burn (often resulting in death). But burns can also range from chemical burns to electrical burns and friction burns, and if you suffer a burn injury in your workplace, it’s important to know what you are dealing with and how you can seek compensation.
Common causes of burn injuries in the workplace
Whilst a burn injury can be caused by simple mishandling of cooking equipment, there are other types of burn injuries caused by different factors, such as faulty electrical wiring, a lack of personal protective equipment, the improper use of machinery or equipment, and more. Here’s a look at the most common causes of burn injuries in the workplace:
- The handling of hot liquids or hot surfaces without the right kind of protection
- Exposure to faulty electrical wiring or electrical equipment which is not properly insulated
- The improper handling of chemicals which are corrosive
- Inadequate PPE or personal protective equipment
Three categories of burns
As mentioned, burns are categorised into three major categories, from first-degree burns to third-degree burns. Fourth-degree burns are technically also a category, but since they frequently result in a fatality, they are not included. Whilst a first-degree burn is a burn on the skin’s surface and does not penetrate through the skin’s first layer, a second-degree burn is a burn which has penetrated through the skin’s first and second layers. A third-degree burn is a burn where there is damage not only to the first and second layers of the skin, but also to the tissue underneath.
What to do to make a claim
If you are the victim of a burn injury sustained at work and would like to make a burn injury claim, know that burn injury claims can be better compensated with help from a good solicitor. You also need to get as much evidence of the injury as possible, from photographs to medical records and receipts and prescriptions for medication, proof of loss of income due to the injury, and more.
Making a proper claim for compensation for your burn injury is not just for your own benefit – it is also for the benefit of others. By making a claim, you are ensuring that such accidents will not happen again, or the risk of such accidents occurring will be significantly reduced.