Accident Burns


According to the Health and Safety Executive, hundreds of workers in the UK are hospitalized after suffering burns at work, and in some cases burn injuries can be fatal.

Burn injuries commonly suffered in the workplace

  • Electrical burns – this type of burn results from direct contact with either AC or DC electric current, caused by touching live electric cables or malfunctioning electrical equipment, water which is electrified, or in rare cases being hit by lightening.
  • Chemical burns – this type of burn results from contact with corrosive, synthetic substances such as solvents, acids, oxidizers, and typically affects soft tissue areas such as the skin, eyes, or internal organs.
  • Thermal burns – this type of burn results from direct contact with, for example, boiling water (or other liquid), steam or flames. Thermal burns might also result from contact with hot objects, for example, tools, pipes, motors or engines. Sunburn is an example of prolonged exposure to the sun causing thermal burning of the skin.

The results of burn injuries range from superficial skin damage to internal tissue, muscle and nerve damage, infection, shock and even cardiac arrest. In severe cases, rehabilitation, continuous medical treatment and counseling for mental health might be required.

Compensation for work accident burns

Workers who suffer burns at work can claim compensation for burns suffered. Receiving the correct compensation can help cover expenses related to the injuries sustained as a result of the burn, such as medical treatment, medical equipment, counseling, travel expenses, and also loss of income and any other financial losses or expenses directly incurred as a result of the incident.

If you suffer a burn at work, you should first seek immediate medical attention. Once your injury has been treated, you have a duty to report the incident to both your employer and the local authorities.

The medical staff treating your injury will advise you when you can safely return to work. This may be after a short time if the injury is not severe; alternatively, further treatment may need to be undergone before you are able to return to work, during which period you may be designated as temporarily disabled, and in the case of serious burn injuries, you may be designated as partially, but permanently, disabled and unable to return to your previous work.

Taking action

Maintain records of all medical documentation, whether it’s from your general doctor who treated you or a specialist dermatologist or burns unit you were referred to. This evidence will be required to help substantiate any claim for injuries.

You should also seek legal advice from experts in this field such as if you have suffered a burn injury in the workplace, in order to determine your rights to claim compensation for the injuries you have suffered.

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