Workplace Burn Injuries
Employers are required to provide safe working conditions for every employee. In the event a serious burn does occur at work, you may need legal help in obtaining the compensation you deserve. An effective personal injury lawyer can get you answers to your most pressing questions.
Prevention is Key
There are many important, yet simple steps employers should take to ensure a burn-free workplace:
- Keep areas tidy. Trash and oily rags can be a hazard when scattered about;
- Have procedures in place for moving heated liquids; be certain they are properly covered and won’t slosh over the top;
- Keep flammable items away from open flames and sparks;
- Insist on using protective gear, including face fields, heat resistant glove, aprons and footwear;
- In kitchens, keep pot handles turned inward, avoid steam burns and scalds from hot water, and avoid splashing hot oil, sauces, or water;
- Label hot equipment and surfaces, ensuring employees are cognizant of hazards;
- Keep electrical equipment and wires in good working condition;
- Maintain separate storage and handling procedures for chemicals;
- Have procedures in place to deal with equipment malfunctions and reporting mechanisms.
Initial Burn Treatment
Few things are more frightening and painful than a burn injury. In the event a burn occurs, fast, effective treatment is essential, and is often followed by a lengthy recovery process. It is important to know first steps to dealing with burn victims. Appropriate care in the first hours and days following a burn can have a big impact on future healing.
The most common type of burn, these are caused by contact with heat. Immediate treatment includes the following:
- Make an initial assessment as to the state of the patient. Check breathing, circulation, and pulse;
- Check for associated injuries;
- Cool the burn with clear water, but not ice or refrigerated water;
- Remove jewelry or clothing from the affected area;
- Cover the patient to prevent hypothermia.
- Brush away any powder residue;
- Flush chemicals with clear water for at least 20 to 30 minutes;
- When the eyes are impacted, continuous flushing must occur for up to eight hours.
- If the patient is unconscious, work to stabilize and get immediate professional help.
- Make sure dangerous conditions no longer exist as rescue workers enter the scene.
In the Aftermath of a Burn
The days, weeks and months following a burn may be filled with stresses related to the injury, as well as to the financial impact of serious medical bills and time away from work. Rely on the experienced legal team at Barbas, Nunez, Sanders, Butler & Hovsepian to ensure you get the settlement you need and deserve. Contact our Tampa or St. Petersburg office today for a free, confidential consultation today.