Data previously published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) showed that at least 5,000 individuals suffer burn injuries on the job each year. This accounts for at least 45 percent of all individuals who suffer a burn injury each year in the United States.
According to the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), the majority of those who suffer burn injuries on the job do so after making contact with an electrical source. At least 6 percent of those who suffer these types of burns ultimately die from them.
There are reportedly two types of workers most vulnerable to suffering burns on the job. They include African Americans and younger workers. These populations have four and two times the risk, respectively, of burn injuries than their Caucasian and older colleagues do.
The data also shows that working men and women are at a higher risk of getting injured on the job than they are at home. They’re particularly vulnerable to getting burned by thermal, contact, scald, chemical and electric sources.
Burns that occur on the job in Georgia tend to be more serious than ones that happen at home because the workplace contains additional hazards that our homes don’t. It’s common for there to be a significant amount of flammable liquids housed at our workplace or for large machinery to be overworked and short out or overheat. It’s also a place where there are many hands on deck, something that can result in decreased quality control.
If you’ve been seriously burned in Augusta, and you think someone else should be held liable for it, then you’ll want to ally with an attorney who has experience helping victims get compensation for their suffering and other damages.