Preventing Burn Injuries at Work – Health and Safety

Burn injuries can be completely debilitating. If you working in a kitchen, factory or an industry involving chemicals you are at particular risk of suffering severe burns due the nature of your work. In such dangerous industries (and indeed in all industries) it is of paramount importance that employers establish effective health and safety protocols and train their staff accordingly. Ensuring the safety of those who work for them should not be overtaken by any other priority.

There are various laws in place to ensure the safety of employees in the workplace. Beyond the basic legal obligation for employers to perform their basic duty of care, the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974 and various legal rulings since exist to protect employers from injuries or harm such as burns whilst at work. Where the employer can be shown to have neglected their basic duty of care, or acted contrary to health and safety laws, you may be eligible to claim compensation against them. The Health and Safety Executive can also protect you in certain burn cases. If you are forced to spend longer than 24 hours in hospital there is a good chance that they will be able to take legal action against your employer.

The importance of risk assessments

Given the number of risks present in the workplace, it is crucial that employers regularly carry out risk assessments and indeed they are legally obliged to do so. Risk assessments should detail the nature and seriousness of the risk, those who are most vulnerable, how the risk could arise and what can be done to minimise the risk. The findings must then be communicated to staff members and put into action. Failure to do so may provide grounds for an accident compensation claim should you suffer burns or another injury.

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