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How you can help prevent burn injuries while you’re at work

On Behalf of | Sep 22, 2022 | Blog, Workers' Compensation

New Jersey is a state that’s full of hard-working people. It is likely that most of them don’t think about getting harmed while on the job. Unfortunately, one of the most common types of workplace injuries involves burns. Here’s how you can help prevent this type of incident from taking place.

Always wear appropriate safety equipment

It’s understandable to think that only fire can burn you. However, there are also electrical and chemical burns that can cause serious injuries. Fortunately, many companies are preventing burns by issuing safety equipment to their workers. Items like goggles, gloves, and other fireproof apparel prevent many fire-related accidents each year.

Follow all workplace safety precautions

Whether they are chemical, thermal or electrical burns, you can avoid many of them by following workplace safety tips. If there aren’t any safety rules clearly in place, the business you work for could face workers’ compensation claims. It’s also essential for your employer to regularly look over and update its safety rules depending on state and national guidelines.

Watch out for live wires

Electrical burns are extremely dangerous, capable of ending someone’s life in seconds. You can avoid this type of burn by monitoring all signs on a site indicating the presence of excessive electricity. Following these signs can also help you avoid live wires that carry electric currents. Also, avoid having any water near you when you’re working with electricity.

If you have been the victim of a burn at work, report it to the appropriate person right away. Also, make sure you go to all of your upcoming medical appointments and keep records of them.