According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are over 5,000 work-related burn injuries reported nationwide each year. This translates into around 8% of all workplace injuries. These injuries can range from minor incidents to major injuries that require skin grafts, or even amputations. How can workers protect themselves from burns on the jobsite, and what responsibilities do employers have concerning burn safety?
Types of Workplace Burns
There are several common types of burn injuries that occur in the workplace. These are:
- Thermal burns – Thermal, or heat, burns occur when the skin is exposed to hot liquids or steam, heated surfaces, flames or explosions.
- Electrical burns – If an electrical current travels through the body, an electrical burn will result.
- Chemical burns – Exposure to caustic or hazardous chemicals can cause burns on the skin or can cause internal burns if the chemical fumes are inhaled.
Employers are responsible for the health and safety of employees while they are performing job-related functions. To guard against workplace burn injuries, employers must take important safety measures.
- Proper and thorough training – This training should provide employees with information regarding the possible hazards at the worksite, and how burns can occur in their specific function. Refresher training should be a regular occurrence as well.
- Verbal and visual communication – OSHA requires warning signs, labels and posters be posted in visible areas, and that employees should be trained in how to recognize any applicable symbols. All hazardous materials must be properly labeled, and supervisors should practice diligence in ensuring all employees are following safety protocol.
Even when safety measures are taken, accidents can occur. It is important to consult with an attorney who can diligently investigate your claim and explain your best options. If you suffered a burn injury at work, contact us at Moriarty Injury Lawyer to schedule your free consultation.
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