Fire may have been the spark that led to human creation, but it also may be humankind’s longest-running enemy. Just because you learned at a young age that fire is hot, doesn’t mean you’ll be able to avoid getting burned while on the job.
There are four classifications of burns that can cause serious, even life-threatening damage. Here’s what you should know:
Thermal, radiation, chemical and electrical burns
In most people’s lives, the only fear of fire is experiencing a thermal burn. Thermal burns occur when a heat source raises the temperature of a surface or substance that may cause searing or charing to the skin, killing skin cells. But, most people don’t realize there are three other ways they can experience burns:
- Radiation burns are caused by prolonged exposure to light that might create what looks like a sunburn. These types of burns could lead to blistering, tissue damage, cell mutation and cancer.
- Chemical burns may occur from exposure to acids or solvents coming in direct contact with the skin. Chemical burns could cause rashes, pain, blood poisoning and nerve damage.
- Electrical burns are due to electricity coming in contact with the body. A burn from electricity could cause searing, skin damage and numbness.
Classifying a third-degree burn
While many burns can cause temporary numbness, minor pains and scabs, some burns can lead to medical issues. Third-degree burns can destroy skin, muscle and bone, charring the flesh and causing permanent nerve and cell damage. These burns could lead to infections and medical complications.
If you or someone you know is affected by life-altering burns while at work, then you may need to seek legal assistance. Quick action to report your injuries may give you a better chance to receive workers’ compensation.