Industrial workers risk suffering burns at work everyday, and unfortunately, industrial workplace burns account for the majority of burn cases. Because burns can occur in any number of ways, employee education is very important in burn prevention. Burn injuries may result from heat, chemicals, electricity, sunlight, or even radiation. Steam and smoke can also result in burns. Employers must also provide proper safety equipment and training to employees.
In a first degree burn, only the outer layer of skin is damaged. Two layers are damaged in second degree burns, and in third degree burns, the deepest layers of the skin and the underlying tissue are damaged as well. The most serious burns can require years of recovery and treatment, and the individual may still not be able to resume normal activity.
Electrocution is also a serious workplace concern. Electrocution occurs when a person is exposed to a lethal amount of electrical energy. It is the fourth leading cause of death on construction sites.
Electrocution hazards include:
- Contact with overhead powerlines
- Contact with energized sources such as bare wires, and defective tools
- Improper use of extension and flexible cords
There are many safety precautions that can be taken to protect against the risk of electrocution. First, flexible/extension cords should be properly cared for. These cords can easily get damaged in door ways, windows, and by staples used to secure them. Consistently checking for wear and tear is critical.
Second, all electrical equipment should be treated properly and checked for wear and tear as well. With constant use, equipment and tools can wear out and be a potential electrical hazard. In addition, lockout procedures should always be used when using equipment.
Third, workers should always maintain a safe distance from overhead power lines, and ground-fault circuit interruptors should be used.
The Burn Injury Lawyers at Kirkendall Dwyer Can Help
A burn injury is serious and life-changing. If you have suffered such an injury at work, you need an attorney to represent your legal interests and help you recover just compensation. If a loved one has died of electrocution on the job, a wrongful death attorney can help you recover compensation to help you and your family. Nothing will bring your loved one back, but you should not have to suffer the financial consequences of your loss alone. Contact an attorney at Kirkendall Dwyer LLP today.