All employees deserve the protection of health and safety law. This is particularly true where workers, usually in industrial roles, are at a heightened risk of burn and scalding accidents at work.
Under the terms of the Health and Safety at Work Act, as well as other pieces of legislation, employers have a responsibility to eliminate risk as much as is reasonably practical through the use of risk assessments, personal protective equipment (PPE) and careful training and management.
Who is at risk of suffering a scald?
Scalding injuries can result from even the most innocuous-seeming of situations, whether it is a malfunctioning or poorly managed hot water system or a faulty or mishandled kettle.
However, those workers who use machinery which heats liquids and chemicals to high temperatures may be at particular risk of scalding injury, as well as those workers who are charged with the task of the transportation of hot liquids.
Burn and scalding injuries by degree
Burns and scalding injuries can cause serious pain as well as trauma and may require extensive hospital treatment. Furthermore, they may cause permanent problems such as disfigurement, nerve, ligament or tendon damage, and lasting psychological trauma.
First degree burns and scalds typically involve damage to the top layer of skin and a large level of redness, rawness and, sometimes, some limited blistering.
Second degree burns and scalds involve a large level of blistering and may take several weeks to heal. Careful medical intervention may help prevent a second degree burn or scald from developing into one which is classified as third degree.
Third degree burns and scalds affect all skin layers and may require significant surgical intervention. These burns almost always cause significant permanent scarring.
Forth degree burns and scalds affect not only the skin but underlying tissue and bone. In some cases they may prove fatal.
Could you make a claim?
If you have been harmed by a scalding accident at work, talk to the personal injury specialists at Seth Lovis & Co about claiming compensation for pain, suffering, lost earnings, and medical expenses.
We seek the best independent medical expertise to support your claim and will always settle a case early and out-of-court where it is in your interests to do so.
For more information about proceeding with a claim, call our personal injury solicitor offices in Central London on 0370 218 4025 today or fill out an online claim form so that we can assess your circumstances and get back to you.