A construction site is one of the most dangerous workplaces in New Jersey. Even when you are doing what you are supposed to be doing, an accident can still happen that can leave you with serious injuries. One of the most serious injuries you can suffer on a construction site is a burn. And on construction sites, there are a lot of ways to sustain one.
- Electrical burns. One of the most common burn injuries construction workers suffer on the job is that of the electrical burn. Electricity can travel through the body, causing significant damage to your organs.
- Chemical burns. Even common chemicals can pose serious risks. Many are flammable, but others can cause a severe reaction when they touch your skin, or are inhaled.
- Thermal burns. Thermal burns can be deadly. These burns occur on construction sites where open flames are present, or by welding accidents. Thermal burns are caused by fire and can lead to third-degree burns, the need for skin grafting, and can be fatal in some circumstances.
- Scalds and steam burns. Hot steam and hot water can also cause burn injuries. While plumber may face the greatest risk, anyone who installs pipes, or works with hot liquids, can be severely hurt.
- Sunburns. This might seem like common sense, but construction workers can also suffer serious sunburn if they work outside without proper protection. Severe sunburn can lead to heatstroke, sun poisoning, and severe burns.
What puts NJ construction workers at risk?
Aside from failing to follow safety protocols, there are a number of ways that construction workers can sustain burn injuries. A co-worker could strike a gas main while digging if he or she isn’t paying attention, or if the pipe is not properly marked. This could trigger a massive explosion depending on how much gas escapes from the pipe. Explosions can also occur when a building or other area of the construction site is pressurized or if there is an implosion scheduled that winds up going wrong.
Transformers, which are energized, can blow at any point without notice. Live wires can fall from them, leading to electrocution. Drivers can hit them, posing a risk to everyone nearby.
New Jersey keeps building, and construction workers will always be in high demand. If you are burned or otherwise injured on the job, you may have legal options beyond workers’ compensation, particularly if the injuries were potentially caused by or contributed to by people who were not working for your direct employer at the time you were injured. Call Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP in New Jersey at 732-777-0100 to schedule a free consultation in our Edison, Red Bank or Toms River office. You can also fill out the contact form.