When can You Seek Compensation for a Burn Injury at Work? Your Main Questions Answered

Burn injuries are not to be taken lightly. After all, they are often painful and debilitating, and can even result in permanent scarring, disfigurement, or disability. A severe burn injury can drastically affect your way of life – and even your career prospects for the future.

In your workplace, you are supposed to have a safe and secure environment. Your employer is required to make sure that you have the proper equipment and tools, that you have the right training, and you are adequately safe and secure at any time. If your employer fails in their duty and you sustain a burn injury as a result, you should seek compensation.

The circumstances that enable you to seek compensation

There are various circumstances which can help in your claim for compensation for burns at work. In a good number of cases, if the employer has been proven to be negligent in their duty, you can receive the compensation you deserve. So what constitutes negligence in the workplace? For one, your employer can be proven negligent if they have not been able to provide you with the proper training, especially when you are handling or working with potentially harmful substances or dangerous tools or machinery. Your employer can also be negligent if they have not been able to maintain a good policy for health and safety in the workplace. Another proof of negligence of your employer would be their inability to provide you with the proper equipment or they have provided you with defective or faulty equipment, resulting in your burn injury.

What your employer is required to do

Your employer is under obligation to make sure that all staff are properly qualified and trained to use whatever machinery or tools they are supposed to use. Your employer is also required to make sure that the machinery and tools staff use are working properly and are right for their purpose. They are required to ensure that machinery and tools undergo proper repair and regular servicing.

If you are handling or working with dangerous or toxic chemicals, your employer is required to make sure that these substances are handled according to COSSH (Controls of Substances Hazardous to Health) guidelines. These substances and chemicals should also be properly controlled and stored.

Common causes of burn injuries
The fact is, burn injuries can easily occur in the workplace. Some common causes include machinery with missing (or faulty) safety guards, tools which are improperly repaired, chemicals which are improperly labeled or stored, electrical circuitry which is exposed, and more. You can also sustain burn injuries through the handling of both hot and extremely cold items and through friction.

At the end of the day, your employer is responsible for your safety. If they fail in their duty and you sustain an injury, you have every right to receive compensation for it.