There are numerous circumstances which have the potential to cause either burns or scars, and more often than not they are caused by a breach of health and safety precautions.
Failure to clearly label hazardous chemicals or storing them carelessly is an accident waiting to happen. Meanwhile, leaving sharp edges or points exposed around the workplace, and machine blades unguarded can be highly dangerous.
Lacerations are medically defined as a ‘wound that is produced by the tearing of soft body tissue’ and tends to be ‘irregular and jagged’. The most common cause of these injuries are blades, whether from a piece of moving machinery or a kitchen knife and can also occur as the result of a fall or trip, such as into an exposed area.
Burns have a variety of causes, such as scalding from hot or cold liquids, chemicals, electrical burns and open flames. Within the workplace these can occur from: contact with hot pipes or radiators that are not properly insulated, water tanks which are set at too high a temperature, chemicals that are not clearly labelled as hazardous or by staff not being supplied with personal protective equipment (PPE).
Scarring will occur as the skin’s natural reaction to trauma but not every injury will scar the same. A common complication of burn scars are keloids and hypertrophic scarring, which are two forms of raised scar.