We often see news stories about chemical plant explosions or fires that result in tragic consequences. The potential for serious injury may be very high when an accident occurs in this kind of setting. Workers in chemical plants can face extraordinary risks every day.
A burn is a common injury in a chemical plant, and it can be an especially severe injury as well. Even a minor chemical burn can cause discomfort and should be examined by a doctor. Treatment may include a cool, wet compress, or immersion in cool, fresh water for the pain. Follow-up may include pain relievers and loose bandages.
But when a burn is severe, treatment can be complicated. A severe burn can char the outer layer of skin and can damage tissue several layers down – possibly including muscle. Hospitalization along with multiple surgeries and skin grafts may be required for a severe burn. Burns can be seriously disfiguring or even fatal.
When is a chemical burn an emergency?
When the pain is not alleviated by over-the-counter pain relievers
When there is redness, pain, and swelling or blisters in an area that is larger than three inches in diameter
When there are signs of shock, including fainting, shallow breathing, or a pale complexion
When it occurs over a major joint or on the eye, hands, groin, or buttocks
Although burns may be a common injury in a chemical plant, other injuries are also possible.
Other injuries may include:
Injuries due to repeated stress or strain
Repetitive motion injuries
Overexertion caused by lifting, holding, carrying, pushing, and similar
Caught in or compressed by objects or machinery
Injuries caused by bending, reaching, climbing, standing, or slipping or tripping without falling
Employers in a setting where chemical burns or explosions are a possibility should always have a system in place for responding to emergencies. There should be easily accessible emergency equipment, plans for obtaining emergency treatment for injured victims, and guidelines for reporting burns and other injuries to supervisors.
If you have suffered a work injury due to chemical exposure or any other cause, you should be eligible for Workers’ Compensation to cover your medical expenses as well as past and future lost wages. A Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyer at Gross & Kenny, LLP will stand up for your rights. Please contact us at 215-512-1500 or 267-589-0090. You can also complete an online form for a free consultation. The legal team offers you compassionate guidance and powerful representation to get the financial compensation you deserve. The firm’s offices are centrally located in Philadelphia.