Burns in the Office
Burn injuries can be some of the most impacting injuries that a person can suffer in the workplace. They can cause significant skin, tissue, and nerve damage, and require large amounts of expensive and painful surgeries. The risk of burn injuries must be handled with care and it is a threat that needs to be taken seriously.
While there are some occupations that carry an inherent risk of burns, like metalworking, welding, and some jobs involving chemicals, people who work in a traditional office setting can be at risk of burns as well. They often do not consider themselves to be at risk for this, but they often are.
One of the biggest sources of burns is hot coffee. Especially in a work environment, where many different people have access to the coffee machines and a person may not be entirely sure whether or not it has been brewed recently, people are at risk for burns. Large lawsuits have been won by people suing over hot coffee, and it is important to understand that it is actually a danger.
Also, having a sink or shower with hot water can be a problem as well. It is important to have a mechanism on the faucet or hot water heater that limits the temperature that the water can reach, thereby protecting the employees.
If you have suffered a burn injury while on the job, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. For more information, contact the Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C. by calling 215-238-1130.