The workplace is not, of course, the only place you can sustain painful burns but some of them, at least if you work in heavy manufacturing or the chemical industry, are unfortunately the places you could receive some of the most severe burn injuries. It therefore becomes critical across all work sectors, and especially in high risk industries, to accord consideration for health and safety the top priority – even above profits – if injuries to workers are to be kept to a minimum.
Failure to do so immediately places an employer in breach of his legal obligations under the UK Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and subsequent health and safety Acts and Statutory Instruments and also in breach of a common law duty of care to ensure that workers come to no harm, physical or psychological, in the course of their work. Should an employee suffer an accident in the work place that results in a burn, or any other type of injury, and that injury can be shown to have been caused or been contributed to by the employers failure to discharge his legal duty of care or other health and safety obligations, then that employee has grounds for to make a UK workplace injury compensation claim. In addition, if the burn injury falls within a specified category – usually that it was serious enough to require the sufferer to spend 24 hours or more in hospital, the Health and Safety Executive may be able to bring a prosecution against the employer.
The number of health and safety risks associated with burn injuries will obviously vary depending on the workplace and the nature of the business and it is the purpose of risk assessments to identify burn (and other) hazards, decide who might be affected and how, evaluate the risks present and determine the actions necessary to remove or reduce the risk posed by the hazard. Implementation of the findings of a risk assessment is the critical final step that will ensure the safety of the workers identified as being affected by the process it deals with.
A place of work with a comprehensive ranges of risk assessments in place, which are acted upon and updated as necessary and a workforce trained in the health and safety aspects of their jobs can reduce the risk of burn (and other injuries) to the very minimum. Let health and safety slip from its position as the top priority and the workplace can take on a very dangerous aspect indeed.
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