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Can construction workers get burned on the job?

On Behalf of | Sep 28, 2023 | Construction Accidents

In the high-pressure world of construction, where skilled laborers and heavy machinery work in tandem to create architectural wonders, safety is paramount. While many hazards exist on a construction site, one that often goes overlooked is the risk of burns.

Below are some potential sources of burns for construction workers, the preventive measures that can be taken and how prioritizing safety can lead to successful project outcomes.

Heat-Related Burns

Construction sites are often hotbeds of activity in terms of work and temperature. Construction workers are exposed to scorching sun and extreme heat during the summer months. Prolonged exposure can lead to  severe sunburn as well as other illnesses such as heatstroke

To help mitigate this risk, construction companies should provide adequate shade, hydration stations and frequent breaks during the hottest parts of the day. Educating workers on the importance of sunblock and proper attire is also essential.

Chemical burns

Construction workers frequently handle various chemicals, including adhesives, solvents and sealants. These substances can be harsh and may inflict burns if they come into contact with the skin.

Therefore, employers must provide comprehensive training on chemical handling, including the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, goggles and full-body suits. Additionally, readily available eyewash stations can help minimize the severity of chemical burns.

Electrical burns

Electrical work is an integral part of construction; unfortunately, it has its risks. Workers may face electrical burns if they get exposed to live wires or faulty electrical equipment.

Workers should be well-trained in electrical safety protocols, including the importance of de-energizing circuits before working on them. This can help prevent electrical burns. Properly insulated tools and equipment should also be provided.

Burn injuries can be debilitating and even life-threatening, but with the right precautions and practices in place, they can be minimized. That said, injuries can still occur, and when they do, construction workers shouldn’t hesitate to learn about their options to seek compensation.


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