Chemical Burn Injuries at Work

Many types of occupations require interactions with chemicals at work.  This could include laboratory workers, salon workers, or workers who provide cleaning services.  Employers can be liable for any injuries associated with chemical burns and liability may increase if employers have taken the appropriate steps to mitigate or prevent injuries.

Common workplace chemicals that can cause injuries include::

  • Potassium hydroxide
  • Sodium hypochlorite
  • Calcium hypochlorite
  • Ammonia
  • Nitric acid
  • Phosphoric acid
  • Hydrofluoric acid
  • Hydrochloric acid
  • Muriatic acid
  • Sodium hydroxide

Everyday items that can cause chemical injuries include:

  • Concrete mix
  • Metal cleaners
  • Pool chlorinators
  • Drain or toilet cleaners
  • Bleach
  • Hair and skin care products

Prevention, Education, and Treatment Available at Work

Employees should be using protective clothing or gear when handling these types of chemicals. Employers should provide gloves, protective face masks, safety goggles or glasses, and even aprons or to protect their employees’ skin from potential contact with the chemical.

Employees must be educated about the chemicals they are using and should be provided with a best-practices information sheet regarding the handling of chemicals.  Employees should be aware of the chemical and how much is appropriate for the work they are performing.

Additionally, employers should provide equipment to treat chemical burns. For example, there should be first aid supplies readily available to employees, which includes burn cream, gauze, band-aids, and other protective coverings. In some circumstances, an eye wash station is appropriate. Employees must be educated on how to best use the eye wash station as well.

Employers who are negligent in educating, storing, or providing remediation measures for employees can be liable for punitive damages and pain and suffering associated with the burn. Chemical burns can be disfiguring and a significant source of pain, especially if the person is burned on the face.  This can also be traumatic for the victim and the people around them who witnessed the burn.

Employee Damages Associated With Chemical Burns

Employers can help prevent these types of accidents and increased damages if they provide information in writing or post safety information in a prominent area for all employees to see and read. Written information must be provided in a way that is relevant for all or most employees. For example, if most employees speak another language, the information should be provided in that language.

West Chester Workplace Accident Lawyers at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello Assist Victims of Workplace Injuries

If you or a loved one experienced an accident at work that caused your injuries, contact a West Chester workplace accident lawyer at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello. We provide guidance to determine the most important facts in your case and better understand whether your employer was at fault.  For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at (610) 892-4940.  Located in Media, Pennsylvania, we serve workers throughout Montgomery County, Bucks County, Chester County, Lancaster, Norristown, Philadelphia, West Chester, Reading, Delaware County, and Pennsylvania.

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Heather A
2023-03-01
I have known Deb for years now and it all started in 2009 when I got hurt and needed legal help with my workers comp. I randomly chose Deb because of the things I read on her website and I liked that she had a take charge attitude about just about everything. She out-lawyered someone and got me more in a settlement for that and then also worked with me on another case and won that one as well for me. If you get to know Deb and her personal story, you will get to know an amazing single mom who has had her own struggles and has come out so much stronger. She will fight for you if you do your part as a client and follow her guidance. I have now used two women lawyers in Media and three men and I actually found the two women far more effective and both won my cases that the men lost. Without Deb and my other lawyer winning the cases for me that they did - I could have found myself disabled for good with no money to pay for the life I live because I can’t work now. I credit my ability to be able to eat and have transportation and all. I couldn’t be more grateful for their hard work they did for me. Deb has won two of my cases and I would absolutely refer others to her for the same kinds of cases and I would use her again if I ever needed her help again!
Daveen Carpenter
2019-10-08
Deborah's team went above and beyond to get my case settled quickly. I am forever grateful
Rebecca Porter
2019-09-24
If you ever need a worker’s compensation attorney, I highly suggest using Deborah Truscello. I had a work accident injury and was referred to Deborah. She was with me every step of the way, with this long-drawn-out process. She was there any time I had questions or needed advice on my rehabilitation. Now my case is settled. I am very happy how things turned out and I owe it all to her. I can't thank her enough. I will use her again if I ever need too.
Jackson Jones
2019-09-01
Deborah is an excellent lawyer. She was professional, knowledgeable, and made me and my case feel important. She was always accessible and answered all of my questions. I would definitely recommend Debbie to anyone injured at work and in need of legal services.
K M
2019-05-18
I am a client of Deborah Truscello and also a woman of color. Deborah Truscello is not a bigot nor is she a racist. I hired Ms. Truscello back in 2016 for a very nasty custody case against a crazy man who has a history of dragging all his children through the court system. Ms. Truscello has been nothing but professional and well organized. She is very reliable and always available. I could contact her any time of the day or night and she is always responsive to my text messages, calls, and emails. If you are considering hiring her as your attorney I highly recommend you schedule a consultation and see for yourself you will not be disappointed.
Andrew Kriegh
2018-08-17
Amazing law firm, they have helped me so much and enlightened me to the options I have, and to the right doctors who are still treating my issues... Very professional and very great people glad to have her in my team!!
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