While it’s impossible to predict if you’ll be involved in a burn accident at work, certain occupations have a higher risk than others. If you’re employed in the following industries, you may have to take some extra precautions to avoid a severe burn injury. Here’s what you need to know.
Who’s Most at Risk of an Occupational Burn Injury?
If you have a job in any of the following industries, you probably work with chemicals, flammable materials, or fire and may be more likely to suffer an on-the-job burn injury:
- Foodservice workers (cooks, servers, chefs)
- Construction workers
- Janitorial workers
- Landscape/outdoor workers
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has specific guidelines. If your burn injury was caused by a safety hazard that wasn't corrected, you have the right to pursue compensation.
Common Burns Workers May Sustain on the Job
Here are the most common types of occupational burns:
- Thermal. Caused by exposure to flame or heat and also to boiling water, cooking oil, open flames, and hot objects. An explosion can also cause a thermal burn.
- Chemical. These result from exposure to caustic chemicals such as acids, cleaners, fertilizers, and corrosive chemicals that cause skin structure damage.
- Electrical. When a person is exposed to electrical currents, such as handling live electrical wires or a light socket.
What to Do After Sustaining a Burn Injury
When victims are faced with life-threatening, permanent burn injuries, it can be a devastating experience—especially when they’re unsure of where to turn for help. The long-term effects of a burn injury can pose extensive physical and emotional pain as well as financial burdens.
When a burn injury happens due to the careless actions of another, you need a team of reliable personal injury lawyers to be by your side and hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions. This support helps you withstand a difficult time while ensuring you receive the maximum compensation you deserve.