Naturally, burns are most commonly associated with fires. However, there are a lot of different sources of heat and some burns don’t even arise from a direct heat source.
The severity of burns can also vary depending on the circumstances. While some vocations involve working with direct sources of heat, such as welding, burn injuries are a risk in almost every workplace. Outlined below are some of the more common causes of work-related burns.
Whatever type of work you are engaged in, there is almost certainly going to be electrical sources nearby. Power tools, computers, kitchen equipment etc are all commonly powered by electricity. If the equipment is faulty or has been mishandled in any way, you could be exposed to electricity. Not only can this be fatal but it may leave excruciating burns behind.
Some vocations involve working directly with potentially harmful chemicals which must be handled with care. However, chemicals may also be present in places you wouldn’t expect. For instance, hotels use a variety of chemicals and detergents to clean linen and other materials. In fact, almost every workplace will use chemicals for the purpose of cleanliness and hygiene. If such chemicals come into direct contact with the eyes or skin, the reactions can cause severe burns.
Of course, fire hazards are the most common and obvious source of burn injuries, so it is important to mention them. Employers should take every possible precaution to reduce the risk of fires as well as implement evacuation policies.
If you have been injured on the job, then you may be entitled to compensation for your suffering. Seeking legal guidance on the matter will give you a better idea of where you stand.