Workplace accidents are unfortunately common across the United States. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in 2019, more than 5,000 workers were killed in incidents while on the job. Many of those fatalities happened right here in Texas.
While the types of injuries that workers can suffer varies, burns are a common form of harm that can occur across diverse occupations. This post will look at burn injuries and the different ways that they can occur. This informational post should not be read as legal guidance, and victims of workplace injuries can always seek the counsel of personal injury attorneys in their communities for help.
What is a burn injury?
A burn is damage to the skin tissue. It causes cells to die and injuries to present. Burns can be caused by many different sources. Though some burns are caused by heat, others are caused by chemicals, electricity, and friction.
Burn severity is ranked in degrees. While a first degree burn only affects the outer layer of the victim’s skin, a third-degree burn affects the deepest layer of skin and tissue underneath. Burns can cause permanent damage to victims’ bodies.
How can burn injuries happen on the job?
As readers have just learned, burns can come from more than just heat. While some workers may be exposed to hot surfaces as part of their job, others may come into direct contact with electrical wires while doing construction or maintenance work. Friction burns may come from working with belts and other moving machinery, and chemical burns may occur in different work environments where chemicals and solvents.
Not all burns heal without leaving behind scars and lingering physical losses. It is important that victims of workplace burns seek medical help to ensure that their injuries are properly assessed and treated. Once they are on the road to recovery, a victim can choose to contact their trusted personal injury attorney for advice and support.