Construction Accidents and the Dangers of Cement Burns
Construction sites are full of possible dangers to workers. If proper training and safety equipment is not provided, even something as common and seemingly harmless as cement can lead to serious burn injuries. A construction accident lawyer can help cement burn victims recover compensation for their injuries and pain and suffering.
Attorney Michael E. Shelton helps victims of cement burns at construction sites in and around Houston, TX. If you have been injured in a construction accident, we welcome you to schedule a consultation to learn more about how Mr. Shelton can help you.
The Dangers of Cement
Cement is a common material on construction sites. While it's often used with no problems, it can be dangerous if wet cement comes into contact with worker's skin.
The Dangers of Calcium Hydroxide
Wet cement contains a chemical called calcium hydroxide. Calcium hydroxide, also called caustic lime or slaked lime, can burn the skin and corrode organic tissue. This chemical is so caustic that it can cause fourth-degree burns if left in contact with the skin.
Injuries in Addition to Burns
The caustic nature of the calcium hydroxide found in cement can make working with this material dangerous and lead to many other types of injuries besides burns, including:
- Eye irritation
- Skin blistering
- Upper respiratory problems
How Cement Burns Lead to Serious Injury
Although wet cement can cause many different types of injuries, caustic burns are one of the most threatening because the extent of damage may not be immediately apparent. It's not uncommon for caustic burns to continue to cause damage even after the cement has been removed from the skin.
Additionally, some people may not realize they have come into contact with wet cement until after a caustic burn injury has become severe. It can take hours for a cement burn to become apparent as caustic burns often get worse the longer they go untreated. In some cases, cement burns cause permanent damage and scarring to the skin.
The Signs of Cement Burns
Cement burns are different than burns caused by heat or fire, but they are just as dangerous. While many of the symptoms are the same, some symptoms are unique to cement burns. Those who experience a cement burn may suffer from:
- Flaking skin
- Oozing skin
- Skin redness or purple color
Holding Negligent Parties Accountable
Employers who fail to provide adequate training, safety precautions, or otherwise act negligently may be held accountable if an injury occurred as a result of their negligence.
Seeking Damages for Cement Burns
Workers who have suffered from cement burns while working on a construction site may be entitled to compensation for their injuries.
If cement burns occurred due to an employer's negligence, it may be possible to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Contact the Shelton Law Firm
Attorney Michael E. Shelton is dedicated to helping workers throughout Houston and surrounding areas obtain the maximum compensation for their injuries. If you have been injured in a workplace accident, please call (713) 807-0700 or schedule a consultation online to discuss your legal options.