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Why burns and scalds can affect workers in many types of jobs

On Behalf of | Jun 11, 2024 | Firm News

Burns and scalds are common injuries among hospitality workers and other types of employees in California. These injuries can occur in various ways, posing significant risks to these employees’ health and safety.

Understanding the risks and causes can help those who need workers’ compensation.

Kitchen staff

Kitchen staff are particularly vulnerable to burns and scalds due to the nature of their work. Hot surfaces, such as stoves and ovens, can cause severe burns upon contact. Boiling liquids, including soups, sauces and water, pose a risk of scalding if spilled or splashed. Steam from cooking appliances and dishwashers can also lead to painful burns.

Housekeeping staff

Housekeeping staff face different but equally dangerous burn hazards. Hot water used for cleaning can cause scalds if it comes into contact with the skin. Additionally, certain cleaning chemicals can cause chemical burns. It is important for housekeeping staff to undergo training in the safe use of hot water and chemicals. Wearing protective gloves and ensuring proper ventilation can help reduce the risk of burns.

Construction workers

Construction workers often encounter hot surfaces such as welding equipment, hot tar and steam pipes. Additionally, they may handle chemicals and materials that can cause burns if mishandled.

Manufacturing employees

Those working in manufacturing facilities may face risks from machinery that generates heat, such as furnaces, molding machines and industrial ovens. Chemicals used in the manufacturing process can also pose a threat of chemical burns.

Health care professionals

Health care workers, particularly those in hospital settings, may encounter hot surfaces such as autoclaves, steam sterilizers and medical equipment. They also handle hot liquids and may face exposure to chemical hazards from disinfectants and sterilizing agents.

Workers should be proactive in reporting injuries and seeking appropriate medical care to ensure their well-being and access to compensation benefits.