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What Industries Have the Highest Risk of a Burn Injury?

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Understanding Occupational Burn Injuries

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 work 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 is Most at Risk of an Occupational Burn Injury?

If you work in 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)
  • Firefighters
  • Electricians
  • Construction workers
  • Mechanics
  • Janitorial workers
  • Landscape/outdoor workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has specific guidelines. If your burn injury was caused by a safety hazard that was not corrected, you have the right to pursue compensation. Consulting an experienced burn injury lawyer can help you seek justice and hold negligent employers accountable for their actions.

Common Burns Workers May Sustain on the Job

The American Burn Association reports that 8% of all admissions to burn centers between 2005 and 2014 resulted from workplace injuries. Here are the most common types of occupational burns.

  • Thermal burns result from exposure to flame or heat and can occur by being exposed to boiling water, cooking oil, open flames, and hot objects. An explosion can also cause a thermal burn.
  • Chemical burns result from exposure to caustic chemicals such as acids, cleaners, fertilizers, and corrosive chemicals that cause skin structure damage.
  • Electrical burns happen 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 unsure of where to turn for help. The long-term effects of a burn injury can pose life-long physical and emotional pain as well as financial burdens.

When a burn injury happens due to the careless actions of another, our team of experienced personal injury lawyers is on your side to help you hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions. We are here to give you support when going through a difficult time and ensuring you receive the maximum compensation you deserve.

Contact Peterson & Associates, P.C. at 816-888-8888 and discuss your potential case.