It is said that some of the most severe workplace accidents are those that involve burn injuries. Statistics reported by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration indicate that approximately 200 of the estimated 5,000 employees treated annually in hospitals for burns in Texas and other states succumb to their injuries. Employers must ensure proper safety training and protective equipment are provided as a workplace accident may result in one of many types of burn injuries.
There are three common types of burn injuries that can cause severe skin damage, and complications that may follow include infection, shock and even cardiac arrest. Chemical burns are caused by corrosive, synthetic substances and can lead to severe burns to soft tissue such as eyes, ears, skin and even internal organs. These hazardous chemicals are commonly present in oxidizers, thinning agents, solvents and acids.