Workplace Accident attorney and OSHA safety violation lawyer reviewing industrial burn injury cases for workers and plaintiffs nationwide
Workplace exposure to volatile chemicals, electrical currents, extreme heat and explosive materials place many American workers at an industrial risk, where burn injuries can occur and cause serious and permanent damage. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), more than 16,000 industrial injuries due to thermal burns were reported during 2013.
Hundreds of workers die each year as a result of injuries sustained in an industrial burn injury accidents, fires and workplace explosions. Millions of individual burn incidents occur in work environments each yea, most minor, but others which require hospital visits, and they can be deadly. Many industrial burn injury accidents are the result of the following:
- OSHA safety violations
- Negligent employers
- Failure to provide safety training
- Failure to protective equipment
- Worker Fatigue
- Improper storage of flammable materials
Joe Lyon is an experienced Ohio workplace injury attorney and OSHA safety violation lawyer accepting industrial burn injury cases nationwide.
Types of Industrial Burn Injury
Workers that suffer from severe burns in work-related accidents usually come into contact with hot steam, open flames, open electrical currents, caustic chemicals or other heated industrial materials or machinery. Common types of industrial burn injury include:
- Thermal Burns—caused by steam or hot liquid from machinery, equipment, vehicles or piping.
- Electrical Burns—caused by electrical currents traveling through the body, resulting in burn injuries. Workers and employers are urged to identify and mark live wires, and to avoid contact with water while working with electrical currents. Protective equipment should be provided, per OSHA safety standards.
- Chemical Burns—caused by contact with hazardous industrial chemicals. Chemical splashes and spills can lead to serious industrial chemical burns to workers. Inhalation injuries are also a risk, causing burns to workers nasal passages, throat and esophagus.
Severity of Industrial Burn Injury
- First-degree burns cause some skin damage but only affect the top layer of the skin.
- Second-degree burns extends beyond the top layer of skin and can cause blistering and pain.
- Third-degree burns affect the epidermis and the dermis, as well as underlying tissue.
- Fourth-degree burns can affect muscle, tendons and bone. The burns may require amputation.
Employer Negligence & Workplace Accidents
If industrial burn injury accidents are the result of improper safety or ineffective training, an employer may be liable for the injury and damages caused. Occupations and professions at particular risk may include the following:
- Offshore drilling
- Auto mechanic
- Steel worker
- Chemical worker
Employers have a responsibility by law to provide a safe work environment. Safety training is a crucial part of bun injury prevention. Hazard communication, and proper signage in workplace is also important. Color codes and warnings can be the difference between a safe and unsafe workplace.
If you or a loved one has suffered an industrial burn injury, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, a workplace accident lawyer, and he will help you answer these critical questions.