DWP Employees Scalded while Working at the Beverly Glenn Pump StationBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on July 1, 2015 | In Workplace Injury
Two male utility workers were injured while working in Sherman Oaks. According to an NBC Los Angeles news report, the scalding accident occurred at the Beverly Glenn Pump Station in the 3600 block of Stone Canyon Avenue. Officials say a diesel pump scalded the men. One of the two LA Department of Water and Power (DWP) employees was seriously injured and the other was listed in fair condition. The cause of the accident is under investigation.
Scalding is a form of thermal burn that occurs when skin comes into contact with hot steam or heated fluids. The majority of scalds are first or second-degree burns that are painful, but only affect the outer layers of skin. If the victim of the scald remains in contact with the hot liquid or steam, it could result in a third-degree burn, which often involves permanent damage and scaring.
When someone suffers a first-degree scalding injury, he or she may be able to treat it by cooling the site of the burn with cool or lukewarm water. A second-degree burn, however, may result in a blister that requires medical attention. Third-degree burns must be wrapped loosely and examined right away by a medical professional.
If you suffer a burn injury while working, it is crucial for you to:
- Notify your employer right away as well as the manager or property owner of where the accident took place.
- Seek out medical attention right away from a doctor or facility that is covered by your employer’s insurance.
- Keep records of your medical expenses and lost wages.
- Make sure your employer notifies their insurance company that you are going to miss work.
If you have to miss work because of your injury, you should be able to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Injured workers can receive support for medical care, temporary disability benefits, permanent disability benefits, supplemental job displacement benefits, and even death benefits when the injuries are fatal. There is also support available through civil litigation if the accident resulted from a third party’s negligence. Make sure you understand all of your options before making any binding decisions.