OSHA (the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration) requires employers to adhere to specific regulations to prevent fires and burns in the workplace. In addition to employers ignoring these rules, there are other factors that put employees at risk.
Inadequate training of employees with regard to handling dangerous or bio-hazardous materials contributes to the high rate of injury. Sometimes, employees themselves fail to comply with safety regulations. Many workers are unaware that workers’ compensation is a “no-fault” system.
Industries Where Burn Injuries Are Most Common
As a Philadelphia attorney can further explain, most work-related burn injuries occur in restaurants, including fast food restaurants and pizzerias. Kitchen workers are exposed to hot oil, grease, steam, hot food and beverages, stoves, grills, steamers, and deep fryers. According to OSHA, deep fat fryers are the leading cause of burn injuries among restaurant workers. As a result, young people working as fry cooks are at high risk for injury. Often these employees are inexperienced, and the risk is compounded by pressure to keep up during busy periods.
Industrial workers are also at high risk of burn injuries. Contact with corrosive or caustic chemicals can cause severe injury. Burns that occur in manufacturing industries and paper mills are often larger in size on the body than a restaurant injury, because they often occur due to explosions or fast fires.
Workers’ Compensation for Burn Injuries
Severe burns can lead to years of costly treatment and recovery. Some burn injuries may even prevent a victim from ever being able to work again. Workers who suffer on-the-job burn injuries may be entitled to immediate payment of medical expenses related to the workplace accident, lost wages, and other forms of relief.
In some instances, in addition to obtaining workers’ compensation, burn victims may be entitled to pursue a third-party liability claim if a third party caused or contributed to their injury.
Schedule a Consultation With a Philadelphia Workplace Burn Injury Attorney
The experienced Philadelphia workplace burn injury lawyers of Gross & Kenny, LLP, know how to deal with insurance companies to maximize a person’s workers’ compensation benefits. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.