Work-related burns are a leading cause of acute occupational injury in the United States. An estimated 20-30% of all hospitalizations due to burn injuries result from workplace exposures. From 1994-1998, a total of 290 workers filed claims to the Washington state-fund workers' compensation system for burn injuries that required inpatient hospitalization. These injuries incurred direct costs of almost $2.8 million per year and resulted in approximately 7,600 lost workdays per year (an average of 132 lost workdays per claim).
Work-related burns are preventable. Engineering controls, personal protective equipment, and employer/employee education are all potential strategies that can be used to prevent these serious injuries.
Hospitalized Work-Related Burns in Washington State, 2000-2013
Heat Related Burn Injuries in Restaurant Industry workers in Washington State, 2006-2012
Real life stories for safety training:
Part-time fast food employee suffers a chemical burn
Worker severely burned by wet concrete
Scald burn Injuries to restaurant workers, 2001 to 2008
Young cook seriously burned by boiling water
Restaurant worker burned while cleaning deep fryer | Un joven se quemó limpiando una freidora
Electrician and apprentice burned during arc flash explosion
Electrician and apprentice burned while removing circuit
Electrician burned when loose tool falls and causes arc flash
Apprentice roofer burned following slip into hot tar
Roofer burned while lowering bucket of hot tar
Burn Injury Facts: Hot tar burns in Roofing | Datos de quemaduras: Quemaduras por asfalto en la industria del techado