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Burns can be serious workplace injuries

Anyone who has spent too much time in the summer sun knows how painful a sunburn can be. Each day Connecticut residents accidentally touch hot stoves, splash boiling water on themselves and suffer minor burns through different incidents. However, burns can also be injuries that workers can suffer on the job. This post will address some of the more common ways that employees may suffer burns while completing the tasks of their jobs.

Burns can result from exposures to severe temperatures, both hot and cold. A worker may encounter a hot pipe at a building site or a piece of equipment that was recently used and not properly cooled down. They may also suffer frost burns if their jobs take them outdoors in extreme weather and they are not given the proper equipment to wear to keep themselves safe.

Burns can also occur when workers come into contact with building materials or other compounds needed for their work. For example, a person may suffer electrical burns if they touch live wires on a building site or they may suffer chemical burns if the substances they work with touch their skin and cause irritations.

The severity of a burn can vary greatly and often burns are ranked on a scale of first to fourth degree with higher degree burns requiring more invasive medical treatment. However, any burn that a worker suffers while completing the responsibilities of their jobs should be reported to their employer and treated by medical professionals.

Workplace injuries come in all shapes and sizes, and burns can cause workers serious pain and disfigurement when they are unfortunate enough to suffer them. To learn more about seeking compensation from one's employer after a workplace injury, readers may wish to speak with workers' compensation attorneys in their areas.

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